Updated: February 25, 2021
At least 44 people were shot in Chicago on Sunday within 14 hours, police said. Five of those shot have since died.
With guns scattered all over the United States, shootings are so frequent that news outlets find it hard to keep up with the violence.
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Just within three hours beginning at 1.30 a.m., at least 30 people were shot in 10 incidents, police records show.
“The city of Chicago experienced a violent night,” Bureau of Patrol Chief Fred Waller said Sunday afternoon, according to CNN. “Some of these instances were targeted and were related to gang conflicts in those areas.”
In at least one incident, shooters opened fire into a crowded street party, wounding many people, including a 62 year old victim and an 11 year old child.
CNN said “before the particularly violent Sunday, there were six shootings, none fatal, on Friday, and 15 shootings, one fatal, on Saturday”.
The Sunday shootings occurred between midnight and 2 p.m., records show.
According to CNN, Chicago has struggled with high shooting and murder rates in recent years. Waller said shootings are down 30% from 2017, and murders are down 25%.
“June marked 15 straight months of fewer killings and shootings, police said. However, on June 25, at least 21 were shot and two died. Experts say crime tends to pick up during the hot summer months,” CNN wrote.