This isn’t the busiest weekend they’ve had.
— Krystal Castaneda (@heyitskrystalc) August 5, 2019
As if El Paso and Dayton were not bad enough, in Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago closed its ER because it was overwhelmed when 4 people were killed and 43 wounded in shootings that occurred between Friday evening and Sunday morning. https://t.co/ypNzKQAzOZ
— Barbara Dew Rupert (@bdew) August 5, 2019
Police Chief Eddie Johnson referenced the two recent tragedies in Ohio and Texas when he said, “You have to stop yourself and ask what will it take before we get a handle on what’s going on, not only in Chicago, but across the country. From police departments to the court systems to prosecutors to legislators — we have to come together and figure out more common-sense solutions to these problems because clearly too many of our citizens are being shot and killed.”
Rakove says that Mount Sinai is back to accepting emergency patients, but she admitted that this wasn’t the busiest they’ve been. The hospital went on bypass sometime last year after there were 70 shooting victims in one weekend. “All Level 1 trauma centers were overwhelmed, but we all managed,” Rakove said. “This weekend was not that kind of weekend, but it was enough.”