Chicago violence toll: 34 people shot, 5 killed

Chicago violence toll: 34 people shot, 5 killed

Chicago violence toll: 34 people shot, 5 killed

A teenage girl was killed and five other people, including an 11-year-old boy, were wounded during the spree that occurred early on Sunday.

Since Friday at 5:00 p.m., 57 Chicagoans have been gunned down.

The Chicago Tribune reports that at least 73 people had been shot by 6 am Monday morning, 11 of them fatally. "What I can tell you, however, is that we know some of these incidents were targeted and are related to gang conflicts in those areas", said Chief Waller.

"Detectives are working around the clock to investigate the incidents, build a timeline of events and identify any shooter", said the Chicago Police Chief.

At least 40 people were shot in one seven-hour stretch between Saturday night and Sunday morning, with four killed. Still, anti-violence protesters have recently shut down freeways in Chicago to voice their outrage.

But according to Waller, shootings were down 30 per cent from 2017 and murders decreased by 25 per cent.

Nine people have been shot dead and 51 others injured in Chicago in less than 48 hours with authorities describing the streets as a "war zone". Fox News itself has reported that 63 people were shot - not murdered - while, in fact, ten were killed. A 37-year-old man was shot in the right calf and hospitalized in stable condition, a 21-year-old man was shot in the upper thigh and hospitalized in stable condition and another male victim was shot and is hospitalized. Meanwhile, over the weekend, crowds of different grieving families gathered in the parking lots of emergency rooms across the city as hospitals were inundated with patients wounded by bullets.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to intervene in Chicago, and past year he said that crime and killings had reached "epidemic proportions" in the city.

"Over the past 24 hours, Stroger's trauma unit received an unusually high volume of patients", said Caitlin Polochak, the hospital's communications manager. Police say the violence is unacceptable and they say they continue to take illegal guns off the streets.

For many right-wingers, Chicago has become a symbol of Democratic hypocrisy on gun reform, since the city is run by a Democratic mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and is home to a famous liberal party machine.

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