Chicago tod­dler shot and killed in lat­est spasm of vi­o­lence

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CHICAGO

-- A Chicago tod­dler was shot and killed on Tues­day in what po­lice sus­pect was a "gang hit" on a man in a ve­hi­cle with her, just a few days af­ter two young girls were shot in the head. It marked the lat­est spasm of vi­o­lence in a city strug­gling to con­tain such at­tacks.

Chicago Po­lice De­part­ment spokesman An­thony Guglielmi said po­lice sus­pect the man, a well-known gang mem­ber with an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal his­tory, was the tar­get of the shoot­ing that also left a wo­man wounded.

No other de­tails were re­leased and he said no ar­rests had been made.

Over the week­end, two girls ages 11 and 12 were shot in the head by gun­men who were aim­ing at some­one else in an area of the city known for heavy gang ac­tiv­ity. The Cook County med­i­cal ex­am­iner's of­fice says Takiya Holmes, 11, died early Tues­day at Comer Chil­dren's Hospi­tal. The 12-year-old was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion on Mon­day, but po­lice have not up­dated her con­di­tion since.

The shoot­ings high­light the street gang vi­o­lence that po­lice say was largely re­spon­si­ble for 762 homi­cides last year — nearly 300 more than oc­curred in 2015 — and more than 3,500 shoot­ing in­ci­dents. That vi­o­lence has con­tin­ued this year, with Jan­uary end­ing with 51 homi­cides, the high­est to­tal since Jan­uary 1999 when there were 55.

Those kinds of num­bers help ex­plain why Illi­nois Gov. Bruce Rauner's of­fice said he will an­nounce on Wed­nes­day in his bud­get speech a push to fund 200 more state po­lice cadets to pa­trol Chicago-area ex­press­ways. In 2016, there were 51 shoot­ings on those road­ways, com­pared to 37 in 2015. State po­lice have said that the gun vi­o­lence in the city is spilling onto the expr essw ays.

It is un­clear how Illi­nois can find the money to pay for the new state troop­ers in the midst of a bud­get cri­sis. Rauner's of­fice would not ela­bor at e..

The vi­o­lence on the ex­press­ways also prompted the Chicago Crime Com­mis­sion to ask that state and fed­eral of­fi­cials find the money to pur­chase a high-tech "ex­press­way video sur­veil­lance sys­tem."

"An ex­press­way video sur­veil­lance sys­tem would be de­signed to as­sist law en­force­ment in iden­ti­fy­ing and ap­pre­hend­ing those re­spon­si­ble for the epi­demic of shoot­ings oc­cur­ring on area ex­press­ways," J.R. Davis, the chair­man and pres­i­dent of the com­mis­sion, said in a state­ment.

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