Chicago, which routinely places high in the list of America’s most dangerous cities due to its high homicide rate, has been experiencing a spike in violence startling even by its own grim standards.
Twenty-five people were victims in five mass shootings that rocked the city early on Sunday. A teenage girl was killed in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood on Sunday morning in a shooting that resulted in another five people being injured, including an 11-year-old boy.
The girl was shot in the face and died at the scene, police said. A 26-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to his abdomen and ankle as a gunman fired from a moving vehicle. The man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead in a hospital.
In another mass shooting that took place in a courtyard, eight people, including children, were injured.
Lanwdale witnessed another mass shooting shortly after the city descended into darkness. The incident unraveled near an elementary school, where three teenagers, two boys and a 17-year-girl, as well as a 25-year-old man have been injured in a shooting rampage by unknown perpetrators, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.
A street brawl in the West Garfield Park neighborhood that sparked a shootout between two rivaling gangs resulted in three women, who were standing on a porch nearby, being injured and taken to hospital.
Another shootout unfolded in the West Humbold Park neighborhood, after perpetrators in a black Cadillac fired at a group of people standing on the sidewalk. Four people, including a passerby, were injured as a result. The Cadillac swayed off the road and crashed during the altercation, but the attackers still managed to escape in the car.