Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a call for stricter gun laws in the city Tuesday after 12 people were shot in just seven hours, including an 11-month old baby.
The child, Princeton Chew, was shot in the leg as his pregnant mother was carrying him while exiting the family car outside their home. His mother, Patricia Chew, 23, and grandmother, 46-year-old Lolita Wells, were also shot and killed. The baby survived the shooting, which took place in the South Side's Back of the Yards neighborhood.Two other family members were shot in the incident, which took place at around 7:15 p.m. Monday night.
"Wherever you live, you should be able to get out of your car and go to your home," an "angry" Emanuel said Tuesday. "Enough is enough."
"You can say this happened in the neighborhood of the Back of the Yards, but everybody [who] woke up this morning, or heard it last night, felt a pain of anguish," the mayor added. "It's time that our criminal justice system and the laws as it relates to access to guns and the penalties for using [them] reflect the values of the people of the city of Chicago."
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy also weighed in on the gun violence plaguing the city, and said local residents and the media need to assist law enforcement in solving these crimes.
"We need help in the system ... making sure the right people go to jail," McCarthy said.
"Chicago's got to wake up," he added.
Over the weekend, 53 people were wounded in Chicago shootings and another three were fatally shot. More than 2,300 shootings have taken place in the city so far this year, which is up by 400 when compared to this time last year and 500 more than 2013, the Chicago Tribune reports. The homicide rate is up by a whopping 20 percent this year compared to 2014, according to a new report by U.S. Attorney General Zachary Fardon.