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Chicago Shootings Continue To Skyrocket

| by Ray Brown
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Violence in Chicago is worse in 2016, with over 1,000 more shootings than at the same point in 2016.

At least 3,475 people have been shot in Chicago as of Oct. 17, reported the Chicago Tribune. By Oct. 17, 2015, the number of people shot was 2,441, making an increase in 2016 of 1,034.

Statistics also show a sharp rise in homicides. For 2016, 595 people have been killed, compared to 409 in 2015, a difference of 186.

The new stats come after a harrowing weekend in Chicago that saw eight people fatally shot and 40 more wounded, according to WMAQ.

On Oct. 16, an 18-year-old man was shot several times and pronounced dead at the hospital moments later.

On Oct. 15, a 26-year-old man was killed after a van pulled up next to him and shot him in the neck.

And on Oct. 15, a mass shooting occurred that left one dead and six people wounded when a van pulled up to the crowd of people standing on the sidewalk and unleashed bullets.

In August, 78 people were killed in Chicago, making it the city's most violent month in 20 years, according to the Chicago Tribune.

An additional 400 people were wounded in August, including a 10-year-old boy who was shot in the back while standing on his front porch.

"I didn't even know [Tavon] was next to me until he fell backwards through the doorway when I was crawling in the house," the boy's mother, Mellanie Washington, said, according to WLS-TV. "He was talking and we didn't even know he was shot at first, until we saw blood on his shirt.”

The shooting was likely accidental, but Washington said that's no excuse and the assailant should be held accountable.

"You shot my baby for no reason," she said. "Me and my kids did nothing to you. Turn yourself in." 

Sources: Chicago Tribune (2), WMAQ, WLS-TV / Photo credit: Derek Bridges/Flickr

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