Another Chicago youth, 17-year-old Joseph Fleming, was fatally shot Saturday night in south suburban Chicago Heights. A Sunday autopsy determined Fleming died of a gunshot wound to the back and the death was ruled a homicide.

Police said that further investigation revealed Fleming was shot in the street and ran to a nearby home. The gunman, who remains unidentified Sunday evening, fled in a vehicle. A description of the vehicle was not available.

This has become a common occurrence in Chicago and I will continue to plead with residents and the authorities to crack down on this escalating gun violence across the city. How many more of our youth are we going to lose to gun violence before something is done?