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Chicago records 19 deaths, 101 injured linked to gun violence in 2016

January 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Chicago records 19 deaths, 101 injured linked to gun violence in 2016

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In just the first ten days of 2016, the murder rate in the city of Chicago has risen significantly. The Chicago Police Dept. has already documented 101 shootings, with 19 deaths, which is a shocking three times more than the six deaths and 31 wounded in gun-related violence during the same period last year.

In 2015, Chicago had a total of 2,986 gun-related incidents. Between New Year’s Day and Monday morning, the city had already reported 19 shooting incidents, that would be an average of two people shot every day this year.

Last weekend alone there were seven people killed and another 30 injured linked to gun violence. According to the Chicago Tribune, one of the fatalities took place on Friday just four blocks away from the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, after a heated argument at an apartment complex led to a gunman fatally shooting one person and injuring two more.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi blamed gang warfare for the rise in the city’s homicide rate.

“So far this year, the majority of the gun violence we’ve seen are a result of chronic gang conflicts driven in part by social media commentary and petty disputes among rival factions,” he said in a statement.

“Chicago Police recover more illegal guns than officers in any other city every single year, and more illegal guns are finding their way into our neighborhoods it is clear we need stronger gun laws on a state and federal level,” Guglielmi said.

The city’s gang problem caught national attention last year after the shooting death of Tyshawn Lee, the 9-year-old boy, who was led away from a playground and executed as revenge by members of a rival gang who were targeting his father.

Of the 2,986 killed in 2015 includes the accidental shooting of a 55-year-old mother of five by police officers.

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