Chicago Violence Heats Up With Temperatures

This weekend’s shootings led to at least 35 injuries and four fatalities, making it the most violent weekend in 2014.

Gun Control Making Safety Difficult:

Though criminologists say weather plays a major role in violence, Chicago Police spokesman Adam Collins declined to comment on whether the 80-degree temperatures were a factor this past weekend.

Monday morning, Collins made a statement saying the current gun laws have made it more difficult to reduce violence.

“While Chicago continues to see reductions in crime and violence, there’s obviously much more work to be done and we continue to be challenged by lax state and federal gun laws,” Collins said.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the police department is doing everything in their power to prevent violence. “From our officers to our police strategies to the city’s strengthened investments in youth violence prevention to our close partnership with residents and community leaders, no one will rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety.”

The Victims:

At 3:30 Friday afternoon Gakirah Barnes was killed and two others were injured during an attack in the West Woodlawn neighborhood. Shontell Brown, the mother of Barnes described the violence as “an ongoing war.”

“This is something that has become all too normal to everybody, and it needs to stop,” said Brown. She believes the community needs to unite in order to prevent further violence.

Friday at 10:45 p.m. Shannon Mack, 34, was pronounced dead on the 6800 block of South Crandon Avenue. An autoposy ruled his death a homicide, caused by multiple gunshot wounds.

Around 1:00 a.m. Sunday, Joshua Martinez was pronounced dead in the Gage Park neighborhood. Martinez was shot in the head and the back near the 3000 block of West 53rd Place.

At 2:40 Sunday morning, Corey Brownlee was shot in the chest in the Washington Park neighborhood. Brownlee was pronounced dead on the 6000 block of South Indiana Avenue.

Jasmine Martinez, a 24-year old mother of two, was shot in the head twice on Sunday morning. Martinez was driving with her fiancé and a friend on the West Side, when another car pulled up beside her and opened fire. Martinez’s fiancé and friend were not injured in the attack. Martinez is still fighting for her life at Stroger Hospital.

 The Locations where this weekend’s gun violence occurred:

  • 400 W. 126th St., Chicago, IL, 60628
  •  4500 S. Champlain Ave., Chicago, IL, 60653
  •  100 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL, 60624
  •  W North Ave & N. Washtenaw Ave., Chicago, IL, 60647
  •  5900 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL, 60621
  •  4900 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL, 60644
  •  10000 S. Crandon Ave., Chicago, IL, 60617
  •  3800 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL, 60624
  •  W. Grand Ave. & N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL, 60651
  •  1500 W. 18th Pl., Chicago, IL, 60608
  •  5400 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL, 60639
  •  6000 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago, IL, 60637
  •  3000 W. 53rd Pl., Chicago, IL, 60632
  •  5200 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL, 60641
  •  W. 59th St. & S. Talman Ave., Chicago, IL, 60629
Interactive: Map of April 2014 Violent Crimes in Chicago (Click to explore)
This map displays the violent crimes committed in Chicago during the first 14 days in April. These violent crimes include assault, battery, and homicide charges. (This map excludes simple assault and simple domestic battery charges.)

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