In a city already reeling from a surge in bloodshed, the shooting deaths of three children in four days has left many in Chicago stunned, angry and again searching for answers, reports the Chicago Tribune. Speaking to the media Wednesday, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson raised familiar themes of wanting tougher gun laws to keep repeat offenders off the streets. But it was clear that Johnson spoke with more emotion because of the spate of innocent young victims, saying, “Enough is enough.” The latest young victims were Takiya Holmes, 11, hit by a stray bullet Saturday; Kanari Gentry Bowers, 12, shot in the head while playing, and Lavontay White, 2, shot while sitting in a car with adults that included a known gang member.
Johnson thumped the lectern with his fist at one point in apparent frustration over the criminal justice system’s failure to hold shooters accountable. The latest shootings happened as the city sought additional federal help. On Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel met in Washington with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and discussed aid for “proactive community policing.” And the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it will send more agents to the city, which counted more than 35,000 shootings last year.