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Holiday Slaughter: 60 people shot, 11 dead over Christmas weekend as Chicago’s worst year comes to an end

December 27, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Holiday Slaughter: 60 people shot, 11 dead over Christmas weekend as Chicago’s worst year comes to an end

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Unrelenting gang violence in Chicago over the Christmas weekend saw 60 people shot, 11 fatally, as one of the most violent years in the city’s history comes to a close.

Authorities reported that seven people were killed on Christmas Day alone.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement Monday that 90 percent of the gunshot victims had gang affiliations.

“A majority of these shootings and homicides were targeted attacks by gangs against potential rivals who were at holiday gatherings, followed by several acts of retaliatory gun violence,” Guglemi said.

Two men, identified as Roy Gill, 21, and James Gill, 18, were among the fatalities after a gunman opened fire on the porch during a family party on the south side of Chicago.

Authorities reported five other people injured during the shooting including two victims who remain in critical condition.

Earlier, a 40-year-old man was shot multiple times near the Apostolic Labor of Love Church and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Among the last of the shooting victims over the Christmas weekend were two girls ages 12 and 14, who waited in a van for their father in the Gresham section.

According to Chicago Tribune, the two girls were in the van with a 2-year-old child when two assailants walked up and fired into the vehicle.

The 14-year-old was rushed to Comer’s Children Hospital where she remains in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the back.

A bullet grazed the arm of the 12-year-old and is expected to make a full recovery,

Chicago Police Department’s Jose Estrada told New York Times that homicides in the city have jumped to 745, compared to 476 at this time last year.

The increase marks the first time the number has reached over 700 since 1997.

Estrada added that the total number of shooting victims so far this year is up 47% with 4,252, compared to 2,884 at this time in 2015.

Additionally, Estrada said a majority of the victims are men under 30.

The homicide rate in Chicago for 2016 could top both Los Angeles and New York City combined.

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