This video is taken from a distance, but it's still horrifying.
I take no joy in showing this to you. I won't show you the first responder video where loved ones wail over the victims as police put blankets over their mangled heads.
The dead keep piling up in these "progressive" cities that have lengthy gun laws and "equity" programs, and it's important we know the truth of what is happening.
Here's the details on these murders from December:
A Portage Park man charged with killing three people near a nightclub over the weekend shot the victims multiple times in a "cold execution" style, critically wounding one woman as she tended to her dying father, prosecutors said.
Samuel Parsons-Salas, 32, was charged Tuesday with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of kidnapping. Police say he was the gunman who shot a 25-year-old woman celebrating her birthday, and fatally shot her 50-year-old father and two of her friends following an argument that started inside Vera Lounge, 3235 N. Central Ave., early Sunday morning.
Parsons-Salas was reportedly kicked out of a party that he and his girlfriend had semi-crashed, so he got a gun from his car and went postal.
This is the Chicago area: It has some of the strongest gun laws that prevent lawful citizens from defending themselves. But this convicted perp had a gun because criminals don't care about laws.
Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Anne McCord Rodgers shared graphic details of the shooting that was captured on surveillance video.
"On video, he is seen brutally, coldly executing three people and an [attempted] execution of a fourth," McCord Rodgers said. "All of the individuals he shot were either on the ground or not paying attention."
Ricky Vera, 50, was shot in his head and body, and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Family friend Mario Pozuelos, 26; and Mercedes Tavares, 24, Vera's niece, were both shot multiple times and died after being taken to area hospitals.
Mariah Vera, 25, was shot in her head and remains hospitalized.
This isn't an isolated incident.
In Chicago alone, I've watched men be thrown like rag dolls in vehicular homicide. I've watched men unload machine guns on full auto with drum mags. I've watched little babies be shot and killed in their car seats. Dozens of people get shot every week in the city, and hundreds die each year – many of them kids.
The politicians always respond by saying "whiteness" and legal gun ownership is the problem.
But it turns out that demonizing people and preventing them from defending themselves does nothing.