104 people shot, 14 dead over weekend in Chicago

More than 100 people were shot in Chicago over the Father’s Day weekend and at least 14 of them died, marking the most violent weekend in the city so far this year.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that a total of 104 people were shot between Friday and Monday, with several shootings occurring early Monday morning. 

Numerous seemingly random shootings were reported across the city, several of which killed children. The youngest victim slain was a 3-year-old who was heading home from a barbershop with his father.

“Bullets don’t just tear apart the things they strike,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said at a press conference on Sunday addressing the shootings. “Bullets also tear apart families. Bullets destroy neighborhoods and they ruin any sense of safety in a community.”

“Good men throughout this city should be celebrating with their families on a beautiful day, but instead, a number of Chicagoans will be spending Father’s Day grieving the loss of their children,” he added, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“These kids are not criminals,” Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan added, referring to some of the children shot, according to ABC 7. “They are not gang members. They have nothing to do with the ongoing disputes out there and they just get gunned down for no reason at all.”

Others were injured by gunfire in areas many would think to be safe; a 64-year-old woman was sitting inside her home when she was struck by gunfire in the arm. A suspect has not been arrested.

“A line was crossed,” said the Rev. Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church, according to the Chicago Tribune. “This is a horrific Father’s Day. This 3-year-old baby lost his life. … I could not pastor this community and not say something.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) also addressed the violence on Twitter, writing: “Our city’s collective heart breaks to hear the unfathomable news of a 3-year-old boy who was shot and killed tonight on Chicago’s West Side. There are simply no words to describe such a heinous, unconscionable act of cowardice to shoot at a toddler.”

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