Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Chi-town Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s city-wide shooting gallery saw 792 killed, and 2455 additional residents maimed by gunfire last year. It represents the most homicides since 2016 in final numbers compiled by   With 792 homicides, the City of Chicago tallied more murders than 46 entire states in 2019.

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And 2021 has already notched its first homicide of a law-abiding resident. A 62-year-old man driving to work today was shot and killed. Another couple, both 51, were shot in their heads and nearly killed while sitting in their home.

From WGN TV:

Chicago police responded to several shootings in the first few hours of 2021.

A 62-year-old man was the city’s first homicide of the year. Police said the man was driving southbound in the 4700 block of South King Drive around 3:15 a.m. when shots were fired.

The man was struck and drove his car into a vacant lot then crashed in an alley.

The man was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck and was later pronounced dead, police saie.

In an unrelated shooting, two people were struck while inside a South Side home just after midnight.

Police said the man and woman, both 51, were sitting in the living room of a home when shots were fired outside. The man was struck in the head and taken to the hospital in critical condition. The woman suffered a graze wound to the head and was taken to the hospital and is also in critical condition, police said.

No one is in custody.

Of course no one is in custody. Thank to the “no snitch” culture so prevalent in Chiraq, Chicago’s Finest have identified suspects in only about 13% of the city’s murders.

Remember, this is the city where 9-1-1 operators can’t keep up with calls for help. But Mayor Lori Lightfoot made it a point to tell residents not to reach for a gun when violent criminals attack, but instead reach for a phone to call 911.  And then wait for the police to respond. That was TTAG’s most-read post in 2020.

The money quote, from Block Club Chicago:

Lightfoot urged people to keep calling 911 — and not open fire on people.

“Obviously we’re aware of the fact that Illinois is a concealed carry state,” Lightfoot said. “Do not take matters into your own hands. Call the police.

“We’ve seen tragedy happen in this country, and recently, when people felt like they could take matters into their own hands. … Let me remind you of the killing of Mr. [Ahamud] Arbery. Do not pick up arms and try to be the police. If there’s a problem, call 911. We will respond. But I urge people to show restraint and do not take matters into your own hands.”

If Mayor Lightfoot hated African-Americans and other minorities and wanted to keep them trapped in an endless cycle of violence and despair, would she do anything differently?

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