Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s lousy leadership continues to pay dividends for the violent criminals element in her city. Even in formerly nice and relatively peaceful parts of the city by the lake, criminals now brazenly ply their trade with little to worry from police. This past weekend, 35 people gained fresh bullet holes and 9 of them died.
How bad is the gang violence? Bad enough that even the downtown Loop is seeing plenty of gang-driven violent crime including shootings and murders. On Sunday evening, two people were shot just outside the famous Chicago Theatre building just before showtime.
One of the victims worked as a stagehand at the theatre and had stepped out the back door for a break. The gunfire led to management cancelling Sunday night’s performance of Moulin Rouge at showtime, citing flying lead around the landmark theater.
Of course, criminals had little to worry about from armed citizens as the Chicago Theatre, like so many venues in downtown Chicago, proudly posts numerous “no guns” signs that prohibit the good people from packing heat.
Police said two men were in an alley near Wabash Avenue and Benton Place Sunday when someone started shooting just before 5 p.m.
“We just heard one gunshot go off and we weren’t sure it was a shot at first and then a second after that, you heard like four more,” witness Mike said.
“We saw from the window that someone ran out,” witness Sarah Rooney said. “He was holding his hand. There was blood everywhere. There was a girl on the phone.
A 27-year-old victim was hit in the hand, and another man, 55-year-old Anthony Graziano was shot in the ear.
ABC7 spoke with Graziano’s father, who said he is a theater stagehand at the Chicago Theatre and was on a break at the time of the shooting. He said his son is now having trouble hearing.
To date, the bodycount for the Windy City has soared to 191, or more than 23 entire states reported for all of 2020. That’s also more murder victims than seven states reported for 2020 combined.
And given that only about 5% of non-fatal shootings lead to convictions in Lori Lightfoot’s anti-gun Utopia, those same shooters have little reason change their ways.