Holiday Weekend Shootings
The Windy City reached a grim milestone over the long Fourth of July weekend as the city's homicide rate surpassed 200.
The city logged its 200th homicide of the year on Saturday when a 24-year-old man was shot to death in the 1000 block of West Maxwell Street on the Near West Side, according to RedEye Chicago.
On Saturday alone, at least seven people were injured in a single drive-by shooting that left a 48-year-old man dead. The Sun-Times reports police believe the 6pm shooting in Lawndale was gang-related and connected to an earlier attack on July 4.
The weekend's littlest victims included 5-year-old Jaden Donald and 7-year-old Christian Lyles, both shot late night on July 4 in separate incidents.
A judge denied bond on Sunday for the man accused of shooting Jaden Donald; the boy reportedly lost three organs as a result of the incident.
According to RedEye date, the city's homicides are down 27 percent year to date versus 2012 and up half a percent versus 2011.
The Associated Press repoerted:
Shootings in Chicago during the Fourth of July holiday weekend have left at least nine people dead and several dozen wounded, including two boys shot in different parks...
Despite the number of shootings over the holiday weekend, there have been a fewer number of homicides in Chicago in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period last year. Overall, there were 500 shootings in 2012.
The number of homicides typically goes up in the summer and anti-violence advocates pay more attention to it. The Rev. Al Sharpton has said he plans to live in Chicago for a few months to work with neighborhood leaders on the problem.
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