54 Shootings, 12 Deaths Mark Chicago’s Deadliest Weekend

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At least 12 people were killed and another 42 were wounded in Chicago over the weekend, the deadliest of the year, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Nearly all of the violence happened in neighborhoods on the South and West sides identified by the city last fall as “priority community areas” where police and other resources were to be boosted. According to a report issued by the Lightfoot administration titled “Our City, Our Safety,” 15 community areas have accounted for more than 50 percent of all shootings over the last three years. Fifty percent of the shooting victims were “within 10 community areas that comprise 15 percent of the city’s population,” the report noted. The first shooting of the weekend was in West Garfield Park, where a man was shot 11 times in front of his home, according to Chicago police. Nine other people were shot over the next six hours, including a man and woman in a parking lot in South Chicago; a couple shot to death in a convenience store in East Garfield Park; and just before midnight, a 15-year-old boy killed on a porch in Lawndale — the youngest victim of the weekend.

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