Chicago mayor puts liquor curfew in place after spike in gun violence as boy, 15, becomes the NINTH person killed in the city in 48 hours
- A 15-year-old boy was among nine people shot dead in Chicago in last 48 hours
- Gun violence began Tuesday when seven people were shot and killed in the city
- On Wednesday, the teen was among eight people shot within an hour, police said
- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has put in place a curfew on liquor sales in the city
- The directive will go into effect beginning Thursday night and remain in place during Illinois Gov JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has placed a 9pm curfew on liquor sales in the city following a spike in gun violence on Tuesday that left seven people dead,
Lightfoot gave the order on Wednesday, the same day a 15-year-old boy was killed and seven others injured within an hour.
She said the directive will go into effect beginning Thursday night and remain in place during Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order.
According to a statement from the Office of the Mayor, the new directive ‘will help prevent congregate activity that has been observed across the city near stores that sell alcohol, particularly during evening hours’.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (pictured) has placed a 9pm curfew on liquor sales in the city following a spike in gun violence on Tuesday that left seven people dead
Any store owners violating the curfew could be penalized with a $500 fine, arrest and revocation of liquor and other licenses
Any store owners violating the curfew could be penalized with a $500 fine, arrest and revocation of liquor and other licenses.
Lightfoot said that the gun violence in the city has been affecting efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
‘These actions place additional and unnecessary burden on our hospitals and ICU units,’ she said.
‘Violence of any kind is never acceptable but the fact that this is especially urgent now as our ability to protect all Chicagoans is being stretched to the breaking point. We cannot allow that to happen and we will not allow that to happen,’ Lightfoot added.
The order comes amid a spate of gun violence that has hit the city within the last 48 hours.
On Tuesday, seven people were killed and 14 others were injured. One man was killed Tuesday evening in a shooting that left a five-year-old girl and two other people wounded in Gresham.
The order comes amid a spate of gun violence (file image) that has hit the city within the last 48 hours
In another incident, a woman was shot and killed in Logan Square on the Northwest Side.
On Wednesday afternoon, eight people were shot and two of those individuals died from their wounds.
According to WGN-TV, the first shooting took place around 2.37pm when a 20-year-old woman was accidentally shot in a home by a male. She was rushed to a local hospital and is in good condition.
Three minutes later, a 23-year-old man and 22-year-old man were both shot while sitting in a vehicle.
At 3.22pm, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the calf and taken to the hospital in good condition, according to the station.
Just two minutes later, the first of two deaths occurred when a 26-year-old man was killed and a 26-year-old woman was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot inside a vehicle.
At 3.31pm an 18-year-old was shot in the hand and rushed to the hospital.
And at 3.35pm, the 15-year-old boy became the ninth fatality within 48 hours after he was shot in the abdomen and right leg.