A pair of Chicago teens were shot and killed for hours on end, while the Windy City continues to struggle with rampant crime.
Javion Ivy and James Sweezer, both 14, were gunned down in separate incidents on Wednesday, on the west and east sides of the city, respectively.
Both Ivy and Sweezer were transported to local hospitals where they were pronounced dead.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, who seized 284 weapons this year, called the incident “unacceptable” as violent crime continues to rise in the city.
“I think about those two young guys, and I think about their potential,” Brown said at a news conference.
“They’re two of Chicago’s kids who have been robbed of their future, and it’s unacceptable.”
This comes after Chicago experienced a violent year in 2021 with 3,561 shootings and more murders recorded than any other city, 795.
No arrests have been made in either incident and both are still under investigation.
14-year-old boys Javion Ivy (left) and James Sweezer (right) were shot dead in several incidents in Chicago on Wednesday.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown called the shootings ‘unacceptable’ and plans to reduce the level of gun violence in the city by 2022
The first shooting happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday in block 2200 of West Adams Street, where Ivy had been standing on the sidewalk.
He was shot twice in the chest and was later taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Chicago police.
Witnesses at the scene reported hearing gunshots and seeing two people flee, with one of them grabbing something from Ivy’s backpack before running away.
The other incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. that same day in Englewood, where Sweezer was walking on the sidewalk with his friend at 1400 block of West 73rd Street.
They had passed a dark-colored sedan when someone in the vehicle opened fire and shot Sweezer in the head.
He was later taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was also pronounced dead.
DailyMail.com contacted the Chicago Police Department for comment.
Sweezer was walking with his friend on the sidewalk on the 1400 block of West 73rd Street before being shot in the head by a passing vehicle
Ivy stood on the curb at 2200 block of West Adams Street before being shot in the chest
Brown has reportedly seized 284 guns so far this year after a violent 2021
This comes after Chicago woman Derricka Patrick was shot in a parked car in the same part of town where Sweezer was murdered Wednesday night.
Patrick had been approached by two gunmen at 7400 block of South Vincennes Avenue around 7 p.m.
She was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
After a violent year for the city, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has since set a target to cut the rate by 2021.
“No one can be satisfied with the way we ended the year, with the number of homicides we had, more than New York or LA, two cities with multiples of our population,” Lightfoot said, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
“They all had an increase, but compared to that our numbers are staggering.”
This also comes after Chicago saw an increase in robbery-related incidents with the trend of smash and grab crimes sweeping the city.
She planned to take measures such as putting anklets on violent offenders in the city and trying to control the illegal drug trade.
In addition, Lightfoot wanted to increase positive interaction between the police and community members in an effort to rebuild trust between each other.
Brown also noted that he planned to increase the number of detectives by a few hundred to deal with the city’s crime.
“Do you think we would just let you get away with killing people? Think you’re going to carjack people in this town and get away with it? Smashing and grabbing our stores and our companies working hard to get products on the shelves?’ he said.
“We’re coming after you. We’re going to hold you accountable, and we’re going to keep you in jail.”
Another Englewood resident, Derricka Patrick, 29, was gunned down Wednesday evening while sitting in her car by two gunmen.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has made it her goal to reduce crime in the city after a violent 2021
Chicago closed 2021 as the most violent year in a quarter of a century as the besieged city saw nearly 800 homicides.
According to police statistics, there were 795 murders in 2021 alone – 25 more than in 2020, 299 more than in 2019 and the most since 1996.
The city also saw 3,561 shootings in 2021, more than 300 than last year and a whopping 1,415 more than in 2019.
With 2021 now in the rearview mirror, other cities across the country have also seen a spike in homicide rates.
As in previous years, Chicago ended 2021 with more homicides than any other city in the entire country, including New York and Los Angeles, both of which had recorded at least 300 fewer homicides than Chicago by the end of December, police data from those cities shows.
Overall crime is up 29 percent in 2022, with an increase of 51 percent for theft, 44 percent for theft and 18 percent for sexual abuse.
There is also a 31 percent drop in homicides and a 2 percent drop in shooting incidents.