What folks in New York City can look forward to if they elect, soft-on-crime, anti stop-and-frisk, uber-liberal Bill de Blasio as mayor come november:
Thirteen people, including a 3-year-old boy, were hit by gunshots Thursday night as at least two gunmen opened fire on a group of people who had gathered at a basketball court on Chicago’s South Side, the police said.There were no fatalities, but the child was shot in the head and two other people were also hospitalized in critical condition on Friday, the authorities said. The police have not made any arrests in the shooting.The shooting is the latest outburst of violence in the city, which had more than 500 homicides in 2012 — more than any other city in the nation, and about 80 more than New York, which has twice as many people.At about 10:15 p.m. Thursday night, at least two men shot at a group people at a basketball game at Cornell Square Park in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, the police said, sending players and spectators scrambling for cover as dozens of bullets were fired at the court.The victims ranged in age from 3 to 41, according to the Fire Department. Two of the wounded were teenagers.Family members identified the young boy as Deonta Howard, whose uncle was shot and killed on Sept. 2, according to The Chicago Tribune.Ron Gaines, a police spokesman, said the shooting appeared to be gang related. The city has sought to combat such violence in recent months by deploying hundreds of officers on overtime to 20 neighborhoods plagued by shootings and by focusing on reducing the city’s endemic gang warfare, particularly retaliatory shootings. Chicago police say the murder rate is about 20 percent lower this year when compared with 2012.In an incident that has come to illustrate the city’s problem with violence, Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old member of her high school’s majorette team, was gunned down in January, not long after she had returned from Washington after performing at an event celebrating the second inauguration of President Obama.That shooting, which occurred not far from Mr. Obama’s family home, was mentioned by the president in his State of the Union speech this year.