At least seven people were killed and 48 others were injured in shootings across Chicago this weekend, according to reports.
Six people, including four teenagers and a 12-year-old girl, were shot outside a party in Austin on Saturday night. Police said they were standing with a group on the sidewalk when someone in an SUV opened fire.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, five of the victims were women between the ages of 12 and 19. He was admitted to the hospital in proper condition.
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Marshawn Feltus, an Austin resident working to help rectify violence in the area, said she heard shots fired after an argument at a party.
“It’s so devastating that these rendezvous are turning into mass shootings. And it’s a common occurrence, no matter where in the city,” Feltus said. paper. “But when young and old alike are partying, it inevitably turns into some kind of mass shooting, which is very upsetting.”
“It seems like it’s open season that people are taking it into their own hands that they’re about to open on the crowd,” he continued.
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The incident happened less than 24 hours after one person was killed and three others injured in another mass shooting in Austin late Friday. Chicago police said three men approached the four victims – all men – and opened fire.
An 8-year-old boy and a 28-year-old were injured in Sunday’s shooting in Gresham, police said. The boy was in a vehicle with the man when a man in a black SUV opened fire. The child was shot in the left leg while the man was shot in the back, Chicago’s WBBM-TV Reported.
So far this year, Chicago has recorded at least 33 shootings, in which four or more people have been injured, according to an analysis of city data by the Sun-Times.
“It’s not just a police problem,” Feltus said. “It’s a community problem, and it affects everyone in the community.”