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5 Dead and 35 Injured By Shootings in Another Violent Chicago Weekend

Another violent weekend shook Chicago with shootings killing five people and injuring 35 others between Friday and Sunday.

The last homicide victim was a 21-year-old woman who was driving through the city’s Logan Square neighborhood around 12:30 AM Sunday, NBC Chicago reports. A group of men standing on the sidewalk opened fire on her car, reportedly yelling gang slogans. The woman sustained wounds to the head and later died in the hospital.

A 22-year-old man had been fatally shot in the chest less than an hour earlier in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. A 19-year-old woman who was in his home when shots were fired from outside was also struck, but was in stable condition with a non-lethal leg wound.

One woman was fatally shot on Friday night while returning from an anti-violence fundraiser. Leonore Draper had just gotten home from an event to raise money for the teen anti-violence group A Charitable Confection. Officers heard shots and found Draper in her car with gunshot wounds to the arm and chest.

“I saw her and I kept waiting for her to get out of her car but she didn’t and then I noticed her window was shot out,” said neighbor Robin Anderson. “She was 32. That’s it.”

While Chicago police have boasted that the murder rate of the city is at its lowest since 1958, the rash of shootings this weekend and previous weekends shows that the streets are not safe.  Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy blamed “lax state and federal gun laws” for the violence.

No one was in custody for this weekend’s shootings as of Sunday.

Sources: NBC Chicago(2), Chicago Sun-Times


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