More than 1,000 people have been shot in Chicago in the first five months of 2018; raising grave security concerns in a city with some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.
According to the Chicago Tribune, there have been 1,071 shootings in the Windy City that have resulted in 202 homicides so far this year.
“Chicago crossed the 1,000 mark after the long Memorial Day weekend, when seven people were killed and 32 were wounded by gunfire,” writes the Tribune. “This past weekend, 29 people were wounded and three people were killed in shootings across the city. Another three people were injured in accidental shootings.”
The spike in shootings comes as the city struggles to regain control of gang violence and illegal immigration, prompting many to turn to the federal government for help.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel found himself in hot water towards the end of May when hundreds of police protested the former Obama aide over his inability to clampdown on the violence.
“Chicago Police have every right to legally protest against the mayor and an administration that just won’t let them do their job,” President Trump tweeted. “The killings are at a record pace and tough police work, which Chicago will not allow, would bring things back to order fast…the killings must stop!”