I drove through some of those neighborhoods on my way to the office this morning. Young black men were hanging on corners and in vacant lots; lives with seemingly no direction or purpose.
Then, at Austin and Lake Street, I watched a crossing guard help a young black mom walking her two absolutely adorable young daughters across the avenue. One of the little girls, her hair in pigtails and carrying a banana that was almost as big as she, just turned around and gave me a smile that went right through me.
The Sacred Triduum, upon which we are about to embark, celebrates the paradox of the cross of Christ. At the very beginning of these holy days, the Church puts this song into our hearts: "We should glory in the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in him is our salvation, life, and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered."
How long, O Lord?
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.
A 14-year-old was shot in the abdomen and went to Stroger Hospital. A 15-year-old was shot in the leg and went to Stroger. A 16-year-old and a 11-year-old each were shot in the abdomen and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. All their conditions were stabilized, police said.
— At 1:05 a.m. Tuesday, a 35-year-old man was shot in Lawndale, police said. He walked in to Westlake Hospital in suburban Melrose Park with a gunshot wound to the foot and told investigators he was at a Chicago gas station in the 600 block of South Independence Boulevard when he heard people arguing and then realized he had been shot. He was treated at the hospital and released.
— About 10:15 p.m. a 22-year-old man walked in to Christ Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the thigh. He told investigators he had been shot in the 7000 block of South Wabash Avenue. He was listed in good condition.
— At 9:45 p.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in Englewood, police said. He was in the 6900 block of South Laflin street when he was shot in the shoulder. He was taken to Stroger Hospital and his condition was stabilized.
— About 8:20 p.m. a 22-year-old man was shot in the 7900 block of South Indiana Avenue. He was shot in the buttocks and taken to Christ Medical Center in good condition.
— At 5:45 p.m., two 20-year-old men were shot in the 10200 block of South Indiana Avenue. They both were shot in the leg and went to Stroger Hospital in good condition.
— About 5:15 p.m., a 20-year-old man walked into Loretto Hospital after being shot in the left leg in the 4200 block of West Madison Street in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. An attacker ran up to the man and fired shots, then got into a red vehicle and fled, police said. He was listed in good condition at Loretto Hospital. The same man wasshot on the same block about 11:30 p.m. on March 15, police said. In that attack, he suffered a graze wound to the right leg, police said at the time.
— About 1:40 p.m. an 18-year-old man was shot in the 11200 block of South Eggleston Avenue in the Roseland neighborhood, police said. The man was walking when a sedan pulled up with four people inside, and three of them got out. One of them took out a handgun and shot the man in the hip, then fled, police said. The man was taken to Christ Medical Center in good condition.
— At 10 a.m., a 22-year-old man was shot in Little Village. He was in the 2800 block of South Komensky Avenue when someone in a dark sedan fired shots, hitting him in the hip and buttocks. He went to Mount Sinai Hospital, and his condition was stabilized.
— At 11:40 p.m. police initially said a man had been shot in the 9200 block of South Stony Island Avenue. It was later determined that he had been pistol-whipped, not shot.