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Chicago Warzone: Three kids killed in four days marking over 400 shot so far in 2017

February 16, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Chicago Warzone: Three kids killed in four days marking over 400 shot so far in 2017

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As of Valentine’s Day, over 400 people have been shot in the gun-controlled city of Chicago year-to-date.

The USA Today reported the total to be 403, which is higher compared to the same period in January 2016, suggesting that last’s year carnage not only carried over into this year but has increased.

The numbers were reported in the wake of the senseless shooting deaths of three young children in the past four days.

The latest child to lose their life to Chicago’s gun culture was 12-year-old Kanari Gentry-Bowers, who was struck by a stray bullet while playing at her school playground on Saturday night.

Kanari Gentry-Bowers and Takiya Holmes were both shot 30 minutes apart on Saturday

Bowers succumbed to her injuries at Stroger Hospital on Wednesday after spending four days on life support.

On Tuesday, 11-year-old Takiya Holmes died after she was shot on Saturday as she sat in the back seat of a parked vehicle in the Washington Park area with her mother, brother, and aunt just after 7:30 p.m.

Police arrested a documented gang member who was aiming for rivals when Holmes was caught in the crossfire.

Prosecutors charged 19-year-old Antwan Jones, a reputed member of the Black Gangster Disciples with a lengthy criminal record, with the first-degree murder of Holmes.

A judge has denied Jones bail following a brief bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

The shootings of Bowers and Williams occurred just 30 minutes apart.

Meanwhile, Chicago Police investigators said they are examining disturbing video capturing the moment a fatal gang hit killed their victim.

Authorities say a man, who was in the car, was the intended target.

A Facebook live stream video recorded by a young woman driving the vehicle with the man and 2-year-old Lavontay White in the back seat captured the moment the gunfire erupted.

Screaming is heard as the video becomes jumbled but shows the woman exiting the car and running toward a house.

The footage goes to black, but the audio continues, and people can be heard yelling, “Oh my God,” “I can’t breathe,” and “Please, no, no.”

Police confirmed the authenticity of the video, and have taken the footage as part of their investigation.

2-year-old Lavontay White’s shooting death was captured on a Facebook Live video.

Officials said no arrests were made as of Wednesday.

Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the 26-year-old male victim as Lazarec Collins, Lavontay’s uncle.

Officials said Collins, who is a documented gang member with an extensive criminal record, was the intended target of a gang hit.

The woman, who is pregnant, was shot in the abdomen. Both she and the fetus are expected to survive.

Over 300 people were shot in the first 30 days of 2017. The Tribune added that 302 shootings occurred between January 1st and January 30th, which results in an average of ten shootings per day for 30 days.

There have already been 70 murders in the city year-to-date, and there were 54 in the first 30 days of 2017.

By January 22nd, 2017 it was evident that the city was on a trajectory for another year of violent streets and lives lost.

The Tribune reported that “At least 228 people were shot in Chicago [January 1 through January 22, 2017],” which was an increase of 16 victims above the number of victims shot during the same time span in 2016. There were also “at least 42 homicides” by January 22nd, indicating a “23.5% … [ an increase from] the 34 homicides that occurred during the same period in 2016.”

The ATF has since been sent into the city after President Trump warned city officials to curtail the violence or the feds would intercede. In early February the agency revealed that it would be permanently sending more agents to Chicago to reduce the gun violence that has overhauled the city.

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