United States’ third-largest city experienced one of its most deadly weekends of gun violence this year; as summer begins to wind down.
The violence in Chicago has reached a critical level, and each passing day threatens to be particularly deadly. There is fear in the city as its inhabitants are terrified to leave their homes, not knowing if they’ll be shot walking down the street or driving to the store.
The police report suggests that 32 people were shot in Chicago within the space of 15 hours. Amongst the victims were a five-year-old girl and her seven-year-old cousin who were playing together with a group of friends at Englewood Street at the time of the incident.
These two children were at 5500 block of South Hermitage, at about 11 p.m. when a gunman started shooting, hitting the children. The five-year-old girl and her cousin have since been admitted to the Comer Children’s Hospital, receiving treatment.
Continuing with the injuries of kids, a boy aged 11, was shot in the 2000 block of South Western Avenue about 11 p.m. He was rushed to Saint Anthony’s Hospital with an injury. Medical professionals at the hospital examined the wound and confirmed it was caused by gunfire.
Two other adults also numbered as victims in the July 4th shooting. A 30-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man were each shot in the left leg. The attacks raised the number of people shot in the city over the fourth of July weekend to at least 60, according to data collected by the Tribune.
In the wake of these happenings, the major question on the lips of many is “Are the police capable enough to protect its citizens?” This question is yet to be answered by a swift action on behalf of the authorities to curb the violence in Chicago.
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