As Charleston buries and mourns the victims of Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage, a quieter holocaust continues to smolder:
In two separate incidents, 11 people were shot in Detroit in a matter of hours Saturday, one fatally.
Ten people were shot at a block party on a basketball court at Webb and Dexter on the city’s west side Saturday night. One of those victims died.
Police do not know the reason for the shooting, and are still investigating.
At least three of the victims who were shot were women, ages 30, 45, and 26.
Asst. Chief Steve Dolunt said it’s a miracle no children were shot as many were present during the shooting.
Alas, not all children were so lucky:
A gunman toting a shotgun opened fire on a block party along a West Philadelphia street Saturday night, injuring seven people, including a toddler and two other children.
The gunfire rang out around 10 p.m. along the 4100 block of Ogden Street as the gunman turned a corner onto the street and began firing on the picnic, said Philadelphia Police.
“It looks like they just randomly fired down the street and hit anyone in their way,” said Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker.
A bullet grazed an 18-month-old girl on the side of her neck, said police. Gunfire also grazed an 11-year-old girl in the left knee and struck her right shoulder and hit a 13-year-old boy in the chest. All three children were transported to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where they were listed in stable condition.
And you don’t have to type more than C-h-i into a news search to come up with a story like this:
Two men were killed and 14 others have been wounded during separated shootings across the city since Saturday afternoon, police said.
James Jones died shielding his mother from bullets meant for him, according to family members.
The 21-year-old and his mother, Alicia Jones, were on a porch in the 8400 block of South Colfax Avenue when a man approached from the gangway, gun in hand, and opened fire, police said.
Luckett said her sister, Alicia Jones, is a mother of four who has now lost three children to violence in Chicago.
It started when three men were shot, one fatally, by gunmen who jumped from a maroon van in the Chatham neighborhood Thursday afternoon.
Seven hours later and just a mile away, two men were shot in apparent retaliation, one of them fatally, by a man who knocked on their door, police said.
The revenge shooting was part of a burst of violence that killed three people in all and wounded 17 others overnight in Chicago, a toll usually seen on weekends. Nine of the people shot were in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.
“What is this?” asked a woman as she came upon the Chatham shooting scene. “What is the world coming to?”
I can’t say for sure that all the victims and all the shooters were black. But news photographs suggest that the neighborhoods were predominantly black.
This is but a snapshot of life and death in urban black communities, albeit a particularly grisly one. (Or not.) Dylann Roof extinguished nine lives in just minutes. Chicago may take a week (or just a long weekend) to catch up. But Dylann Roof will never see the natural light of day again, whereas Chicago—and Detroit and Philadelphia—seem never to be able to awake from their perpetual nightmare.
I see “Black Lives Matter” signs as I make my way through the predominantly white communities I drive through. I have to ask because I don’t know: do those signs also exist in black neighborhoods? Would they help? Because I would happily up-stake every sign I see from Bedford to Brookline and replant them in Dorchester and Mattapan if I thought it would make a difference.