A 9-year-old boy shot dead in Chicago, 11 dead in total this weekend
New murderous weekend in Chicago: eleven people were shot dead in this northern US city gangrened by gun violence, including a nine-year-old child.
The boy was in an SUV with a 31-year-old man when a gray sedan stopped at his level and one of the occupants opened fire, police said.
The adult was hit in the back, face and chest and was on Monday in critical condition, she said, adding that the young victim had succumbed to a bullet in the back.
A total of 56 people were wounded by gunfire between Friday afternoon and Monday morning in the nicknamed “the US crime capital,” according to the local Chicago Tribune, which holds a count of the shootings in the third City of the United States.
Most are linked to gang violence and are concentrated in some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Eleven people succumbed to their injuries, the daily said.
The Chicago police, which does not count shootings occurring in the city, but outside its jurisdiction, counted 35 shootings and 10 deaths by bullet during the same period.
At the weekend of the US National Day on July 4, at least 101 people were injured by gunshot wounds, 14 of them killed, the Chicago Tribune reported. The youngest victim was 13 years old.
Crime in Chicago is very much in the offing, as the city of former Democratic president Barack Obama – who is going to install his presidential library – is very prominent. However, compared to the population, the armed violence is lesser there than in other American cities like St Louis or Baltimore.
The Chicago police said on Monday that between January 1 and July 16, 2017
, there were 1557 shootings and 369 murders. According to its latest comparative statistics available on the Internet, there were 346 firearms deaths on 9 July, compared to 338 the previous year over the same period.
Last year, the city broke a sad record with 3550 shootings (almost 50%), 4331 wounded and more than 750 deaths by firearms, the never-seen in almost two decades. The two biggest American cities, New York and Los Angeles, have accumulated 600 deaths by fire in 2016.
The city announced in December its intention to hire an additional 1,000 police officers in two years to try to stop this increase in crime.
And the anti-drug agency DEA recently announced a strengthening of its device in the city, with a dedicated team in charge of fighting drug trafficking that feeds this violence.