As of Tuesday, 2,578 people had been shot since January 1, 2015, according to The Chicago Tribune. That’s compared to 2,587 who were shot between January 1 and December 31, 2014. September was the deadliest month since 2002 for gun violence, the newspaper reported, when Chicago recorded 60 homicides that month.
That’s worth getting angry about.
Police say they don’t know if Tyshawn was in the wrong place at the wrong time or if he was the intended target. Witnesses said an argument broke out and Tyshawn was shot several times.
Karla Lee, the boy’s mother, asked anyone with any information about the shooting to speak with police.
“Please put the guns down, please,” Lee said through tears. “I’m only 26. This is my only baby.”
Chicago police detective Dean Andrews told reporters, “We will be working around the clock to find out more.”
Here’s the sad irony of Tyshawn’s death: The shooting happened on the same day that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for president, met with the mothers of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin who were killed by gunfire.
Tyshawn’s family said he loved to play basketball and video games. He should be shooting hoops today.
“This heartless person must be captured,” Pfleger said.
And we – as a community – must insist on it.