Nearly 60 people were shot, including four killed, over the weekend in Chicago as violent crime continues to rock the city.
Among the dead were two teens, 16-year-old Raysuan Turner and 17-year-old Darnelle Flowers, who were found Sunday on a Far South Side field after disappearing earlier in the day.
That same day saw five others shot after a individuals in a black van opened fire on a crowd following a softball game in the Grand Crossing neighborhood.
Between Friday afternoon and early Saturday, 25 people were also shot, including a 3-year-old boy from the South Side’s Englewood neighborhood.
The toddler, who was taken to a nearby children’s hospital, is said to be in stable condition.
The weekend also saw three people shot at a picnic aimed at promoting peace in the community.
According to Fox News, the weekend’s numbers are higher than during the same time last year when 48 people were shot and five killed.
Earlier this month the city saw 75 people shot, including an 11-year-old, during a single weekend as well.
Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller blamed the high numbers on “gang members who shoot into summer crowds at night.”
“They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit,” Waller said.
The city’s violence has drawn criticism from across the aisle, including from President Donald Trump in January of last year.
“If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!” the president tweeted at the time.
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