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Violence in Chicago spills into New Year with 54 reported shootings

January 6, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Violence in Chicago spills into New Year with 54 reported shootings

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After close to 4,400 shootings that marred 2016 for the city of Chicago, there were high hopes that 2017 would be different. However, as of January 4th, 54 people had already been shot in the city.

Just three days into the new year, on January 3rd, 12 people were shot in 13 hours.

According to ABC7 Chicago, there were 54 victims of shootings reported between January 1 and January 4, 2017. Seven of which were fatal.

Two of those deaths occurred at about noon on Tuesday when 16-year-old Malik McNeese and a 17-year-old Stevie Jefferson were shot dead. Both teens were on a sidewalk when a black SUV drove up and began to open fire.

A 65-year-old woman was also hit by the gunfire too, but she is expected to recover.

Simmison McGruder, 23, was also shot and killed on Tuesday. He was “in the 3200 block of West Lexington Street, just down the street from the Harrison District police station” when he was fatally struck just after 11 pm, according to the Chicago Tribune.

On January 3rd, during the airing of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Joshua Horowitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s (CSGV) refused to acknowledge that the violence and bloodshed in Chicago is due to the failure of gun control. Alternatively, he said of CSGV, “We believe the evidence is showing that a group of gun violence prevention laws, in fact, do lower the homicide rate.”

The violent start to the New Year comes after Chicago recorded a staggering 764 homicides in 2016.

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