5 dead, 44 injured in Chicago shootings

5 dead, 44 injured in Chicago shootings

Monday, August 6, 2018 7:33 am

Guns, guns (file photo)

Chicago Police said five people were shot dead 44 others sustained injuries in the city within 14 hours on Sunday.

Police records showed that in three hours beginning at 1.30 a.m., 30 people were shot and two killed in 10 incidences.

Fred Waller, Chief Bureau of Patrol, Chicago Police Department, said: “The city of Chicago experienced a violent night.

“Incidents of either random or targeted shooting on our streets is totally unacceptable.

“Far too often, we continue to see the devastating effects that illegal guns have in some of our communities.

“They underscore the real problem of violent criminals, who use illegal guns in some of our communities without the fear of consequences of their actions.

“Some of these instances were targeted and were related to gang conflicts in those areas.’’

According to Waller, in at least one incident, shooters open fire into a crowded street party.

He added that the shootings occurred between midnight and 2.00 p.m.

Of the wounded, who reported their ages, the oldest was 62 and the youngest 11, Police records show.

Police say before the particularly violent Sunday, there were six shootings, none fatal, on Friday and 15 shootings, one fatal.

Chicago has struggled with high shooting and murder rates in recent years and Waller said shootings were down 30 per cent from 2017 and murders are down 25 per cent.

June marked 15 straight months of fewer killings and shootings, the Police said, adding however, on June 25, at least 21 were shot and two died.

President Donald Trump threatened in January 2017 to sending Federal law enforcement officers to Chicago if the city’s homicide rate did not come down.

“If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, I will send in the Feds!’’ Trump tweeted.

He said in his tweet that 228 shootings and 42 homicides had been recorded in about three weeks in Chicago just between Jan. 1 and Jan. 24, 2017.

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