Chicago Fathers Day Violence Kills Seven

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A violent Father’s Day weekend produced seven deaths, and 41 injured in Chicago.  Six of those shot to death, and at least 13 of the injuries occurred Saturday night, as gun violence continues to be a horrific problem for the ‘windy city.’

The shootings were apparently random.  An 18 year old man was shot in the head, chest, and shoulder, and a 22 year old woman shot in the thigh in a drive-by shooting.  The 18 year old man is in critical condition.

A 16 year old boy was shot riding his bicycle, attempted to get away, and collapsed several feet from where he was shot.  He died at the hospital.  Police confirmed that he had ties to a gang.  His death was ruled a homicide, but there are no suspects.

On Sunday night, a 15 year old boy was fatally shot by a police officer.

About 10:50, Sunday evening, a police gang unit responded to gunshots.  They observed three people running away.  The officers gave chase on foot, and the three split up.  They continued to chase one of them.  The suspect stopped, turned, and pointed a weapon at the officers.  One officer fired at the suspect, and he went down.

He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.  He was pronounced dead at 11:35 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.  Family identified the victim as 15 year old Michael Westley.

There was another officer involved shooting of a 24 year old man early Sunday morning.  He died on the scene.

Drive-by shootings were responsible for most of the victims.  People walking, or standing on street corners were shot from persons in cars passing by.

Chicago area gang violence is on the rise.  A Mexican drug cartel has taken up residence in part of the city.

There are seven confirmed deaths and at least 41 injured in a violent and bloody Father’s Day weekend in Chicago.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express

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