Tuesday, August 28, 2012
7 killed, 24 injured in Chicago shootings in 48 hours
Anton Brown says goodbye to his nephew, Joseph Briggs, on June 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Briggs was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting in the city.
Mon Aug 27, 2012
At least seven people, including a teenager, have been killed and 24 others wounded in a string of shootings in the US city of Chicago in the past two days, police officials say.
Two people were killed in separate shootings across the city on Saturday. Gunmen also shot four people dead on Friday, among them an 18-year-old boy, identified as Aaron Gaithan.
Police said that a total of 24 people were injured in the attacks, adding that several of the injured are in critical condition.
In another incident, a young man was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle in the city’s South Side on Sunday.
Authorities said most of the attacks happened in the south and west of Chicago, where gun violence is epidemic.
On Thursday, nineteen people were shot in seven attacks in the city. Thirteen of the victims were shot within a half-hour period.
Chicago officials have been battling a sharp increase in shootings and homicide. The city's murder rate has increased 29 percent year-over-year as of this month.