Over the weekend, two toddlers were shot, leaving the two Chicago children with severe but not life-threatening injuries. Luckily, both children are recovering from their wounds to their hands. Violence was not scarce in the “windy city” over Memorial Day Weekend, with 50 people shot and ten killed.
This weekend was the first Memorial Day Weekend under Brandon Johnson’s tenure as mayor. This violence comes after Johnson claimed his “ comprehensive public safety plan will be smart and serious about crime” while campaigning, promising to start on Day Onee” to promote safety in the city.
By Patrick Hauf; May 30, 2023
Two 2-year-olds were shot in Chicago within hours of each other Sunday, according to police.
Both children were shot in the hand and survived the wounds, local police said. One 2-year-old girl found a gun and accidentally discharged it at herself Sunday evening. A 2-year-old boy was shot Sunday night while playing with an adult.
Both children were taken to the hospital after the shootings. The girl is in good condition and the boy is in fair condition, according to police.
The man present at the shooting of the 2-year-old boy, Benjamin Smith, 24, was charged with child endangerment.
Chicago police said at least 50 people were shot and 10 killed in the city over Memorial Day weekend.
At least 16 people were shot and killed across the nation over Memorial Day weekend, and dozens of others injured, according to NBC News.