Seven people were fatally shot in Chicago on Wednesday, making it the deadliest day of 2017 so far, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. It was only the 21st time in the past 16 years that Chicago has seen that many homicides in a single day. The bloody day prompted another tweet from President Trump, who wrote “Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there – totally out of control. Chicago needs help!” As has been the case with other Trump tweets on the subject, there were no specifics on how he might help the city.
The new homicide victims ranged from a pregnant woman in her 20s to a 60-year-old man. Five of the seven homicides came within a two-hour period. Ninety-eight homicides have been recorded in the city in the first eight weeks of the year. That’s one more than the number of people killed in the city during the same time last year, which was considered the most violent in Chicago in two decades. Trump’s tweet is the latest in a string of salvos that led Mayor Rahm Emanuel to travel to Washington, D.C., to discuss what sort of federal help the Trump administration might be willing to provide the city. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said last night that the rampant violence in the city is “unacceptable to me, to the Mayor and to everyone who lives in Chicago.”