Gun vi­o­len­ce ra­ges through Chi­ca­go over In­de­pen­den­ce Day week­end

Times of Suriname - - IMOBIEL -

CHI­CA­GO ­ At least 17 pe­o­p­le we­re kil­led and 63 others in­ju­red in Chi­ca­go over the In­de­pen­den­ce Day ho­li­day week­end as a re­sult of gun vi­o­len­ce. The 17 kil­led in­clu­ded two child­ren, one is a 7­year­old girl and the other a 14­year­old boy.

This is the third week in a row that in­vol­ved the de­ath of a young child. A 20­mon­t­hold boy and a 10­year­old girl we­re kil­led in se­pa­ra­te shootings last week­end; and a week ear­lier, fi­ve child­ren we­re fa­tal­ly shot, in­clu­ding a 3­year­old boy, Chi­ca­go Tri­bu­ne re­por­ted Sun­day. Most of the shootings hap­pe­ned in the South and West si­des, which ha­ve long ex­pe­rien­ced gun vi­o­len­ce and gang cri­me. The Chi­ca­go Po­li­ce De­part­ment ad­ded mo­re than 1,200 ex­tra of­fi­cers to work du­ring the ho­li­day week­end, but the dis­patch was fe­wer than the 1,500 de­ploy­ed last year. Po­li­ce Su­per­in­ten­dent Da­vid Brown said at a news con­fe­ren­ce on Thurs­day that the ci­ty would run “stra­te­gic mis­si­ons” to re­co­ver il­legal guns and work with vi­o­len­ce pre­ven­ti­on com­mu­ni­ty groups.

In fa­ce of the la­test spa­te of gun vi­o­len­ce, Chi­ca­go May­or Lo­ri Lightfoot twee­ted on

Sa­tur­day night: “As fa­mi­lies ga­ther to com­me­mo­ra­te the foun­ding of our na­ti­on, we must ask our­sel­ves: is this who we are as a ci­ty or as a coun­try? We can­not grow numb to this. We are ma­king pro­gress in slo­wing shootings, but we ha­ve to do bet­ter, eve­ry sin­gle one of us.” Over the long Fourth of Ju­ly week­end in 2019, six pe­o­p­le we­re kil­led and 63 we­re woun­ded by gun vi­o­len­ce. The last ti­me the Fourth of Ju­ly fell on a Sa­tur­day was in 2015, when 10 we­re kil­led and 55 others we­re in­ju­red. (Xin­hua)

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