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Chicago Gun Violence: 19 people shot, six dead in 24-hour period

October 17, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Chicago Gun Violence: 19 people shot, six dead in 24-hour period Police on the scene of a shooting that left one man dead early Saturday in Woodlawn. | Daniel Brown/Sun-Times

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Police officials revealed Chicago gun violence saw “at least 19 people were shot” and six people murdered in a 24-hour period between Friday night and Saturday morning.

The shootings and deaths are just more examples of the mayhem and significant bloodshed that has marked 2016 as one of the most destructive years of Chicago’s history.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that one person was murdered and six others injured in one incident that occurred just after 8 pm on Friday night. Authorities announced that the victims “were standing together when someone in a black vehicle going east opened fire.” Three of the injured were able to transport “themselves to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition with gunshot wounds to the arms and legs.”

Two additional victims, a man and a woman, were hurt in the attack and had to be rushed to a hospital. A bullet only grazed the sixth victim, who “was treated, but not taken to a hospital.”

A seventh man was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

About 15 minutes before the shooting, two men, who were 18- and 20- years old, were standing by a vehicle when a gray car drove up, and someone inside began shooting, “hitting the younger man in the head and the older man repeatedly.” Both victims were killed.

Back on October 11th, the Chicago Tribune reported the number of fatalities from Chicago gun violence was approaching 600 so far this year with another 3,424 shooting victims from January 1st through October 15th.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez anticipates that the Chicago homicide rates will exceed 700 by the end of 2016.

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