7 dead, 21 injured in bloody Chicago weekend to end 2022

The total of 695 homicides is down from 804 murders in Chicago in 2021.

Joshua Young North Carolina

Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Chicago ended 2022 with a total of 695 homicides and brought in the New Year over the weekend with a string of violent crimes that saw seven people murdered and another 21 injured.

According to Fox News, "One of those killed was a 9-year-old boy, Jarvis M. Watts, inside his home Sunday night."

Chicago police are questioning several people over the child's death but have not arrested anyone or announced any suspects. 

Earlier the same day a shooting occurred in Washington Park that saw individuals in two different vehicles blasting at one another. Three teenagers who were 14, 15, and 17 were shot and injured while another 17-year-old was shot and killed.

Between Friday night and early Monday morning, multiple men were wounded or killed in a variety of shootings, including two who were inside a residence when gunfire erupted Friday night.

The total of 695 homicides is down from 804 murders in Chicago in 2021, although crime overall rose 37 percent. Theft, burglary, and robbery crimes have all increased from 2021. The city has saw a dramatic rise in violent crime since 2020 with a 100 percent increase in fatal shootings between 2020 and 2021, while Lori Lightfoot pushed for more public housing and holistic services as the solution.

In 2021 more children died of gunshots than Covid in the crime-ridden city.

In an annual 2022 review, the Chicago Police Department said they "seized 12,716 guns off the streets" according to Fox.

Three booming businesses, Citadel, Caterpillar, and Boeing, have all moved their headquarters out of Chicago as crime soars. Mcdonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski said in November that the company was having trouble hiring new employees because of worries over crime.


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