Three children are killed in shootings in Chicago; police are asking for help from the public

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CHICAGO (AP) – Three children were killed in shootings last weekend in Chicago, including a 10-year-old girl who was hit in the head by an apartment bullet through a stray bullet.

Saturday night’s death was one of at least 10 fatalities since Friday night, following a deadly Father’s Day weekend and new concerns about a violent summer ahead.

Earlier on Saturday, a 1-year-old boy was killed and his mother was injured when a gunman opened fire on their vehicle. And a 17-year-old died in a hospital after arguing and someone firing shots.

“The pain of losing a child never goes away,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Twitter on Saturday. “As a mother, I’m tired of the funerals. I am tired of burying our children.

Her office did not immediately comment on Sunday.

A recent wave of shootings in Chicago and other cities has sharpened authorities. Experts say non-suicidal weapons deaths were on track last year. The news comes when the American public is faced with the stress of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences, the division of racial justice and police duties, and the increased political division during a presidential election year.

Police spokesman Roberto Garduno said the 10-year-old girl died in a hospital after a shooting in Logan Square, northwest of downtown, at around 9:40 PM.

Preliminary information indicated that the gunfire came from a group of men who had shot at each other on the block, he said. Nobody was in custody on Sunday.

Earlier Saturday in the Englewood neighborhood on the south side of town, a 1-year-old boy driving a car driven by his mother in the back was shot when someone opened fire from another car. The mother suffered a scraping wound to the head. The boy was identified as Sincere A. Gaston.

Police said the motive for the shooting was unclear.

Superintendent David Brown begged the audience that someone come forward with details.

“We should ALL be outraged by the violence we see in our city,” he said in a statement. “This baby and all our residents deserve better. This is not just a problem Englewood has to solve. This is not just a problem on the south side or the west side. We cannot compartmentalize the violence that is tearing families and communities apart.

His office did not immediately comment on Sunday.

The 17-year-old, identified as Antiwon Douglas, was murdered at around 11:30 AM on Saturday. Police said he got into an argument and that someone from a large crowd gathered in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side had fired shots.

During Father’s Day weekend, 14 people, including five children, were killed and more than 100 people were shot, marking the largest number of city shootings in one weekend this year.

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