Chicago Weekend Gun Violence: 34 People Shot, 6 Killed

By Michael W. Chapman | September 9, 2019 | 11:18am EDT
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Despite having some of the toughest gun control laws in the country, Chicago experienced another weekend of gun violence with 34 people shot, six of them fatally, reported the Chicago Sun-Times. That's on top of the 44 people shot, nine fatally over the Labor Day weekend, and the 282 Chicagoans killed by guns since the first of the year. 

One of the 34 people shot over the weekend in Chicago was a 17-year-old girl. She was walking at the 900 block of West 52nd Street when "a man emerged from an alley and the two of them got into 'a verbal altercation,' Chicago police said," as reported in the Sun-Times

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"The man then pulled out a handgun and shot her three times in the head and multiple times in the upper body. The teen was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said."

Early on Monday morning a 32-year-old man was driving on South Coles Avenue when someone started shooting. He "was struck in the head and crashed into a parked car," reported the Sun-Times

On Sunday, a 49-year-old man was found dead on North Long Avenue. He had "multiple gunshot wounds to the head and one to the back." Another man "was found dead with a gunshot wound on the Southwest Side."

In another incident, "Efren Gonzalez-Guerrero had just gotten into a vehicle with two other men about 6:15 a.m. in the 3900 block of West 31st Street [on Saturday] when someone in another vehicle began shooting at them," reported the Sun-Times.  "Gonzalez-Guerrero was struck twice in the face and pronounced dead at Mount Sinai."

Two-hundred eighty-five people have died by gunfire in Chicago (between Jan. 1 and Aug. 25, 2019), according to the Chicago Tribune

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The FBI defines a mass killing as one in which at least three people are killed, not including the suspect. ABC News, using a definition of four (or more)  people killed in a one-day incident, reported on Sept. 3 that at least 116 people had been killed in mass shootings

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