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Chicago police ask public for help after shootings kill 3 children

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The Chicago Police Department is asking the public to come forward with any details regarding recent shootings that have killed at least three children in the city. 

“We ALL need to be outraged by the violence we are seeing in our city,” Superintendent David Brown said in a statement, The Associated Press reported Sunday. 

“This baby, and all of our residents, deserve better,” he added, referring to one incident. “This is not just a problem that Englewood needs 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.”

Shootings across Chicago over the weekend killed three children, including a 10-year-old girl who was struck in the head by a stray bullet, according to the AP. 

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 at a hospital after he got into an altercation and someone fired shots, the news service noted. 

There have been at least 10 shootings since Friday evening, according to the AP. 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) also urged the public to assist with public safety efforts. 

“It’s on all of us to double down on our all-hands-on-deck public safety efforts with police officers, street outreach teams, trauma support workers, community and faith-based partners. We must ask ourselves: ‘What are we each doing to make this a season of bounty, not tragedy?’” she tweeted on Saturday. 

Lightfoot also acknowledged the recent childhood fatalities. 

“The pain of losing a child never goes away. Today, we lost more young people to the gun violence epidemic: a 17-year-old in Humboldt Park and a 1-year-old in Englewood. As a mother, I am tired of the funerals. I am tired of burying our children,” Lightfoot tweeted. 

President Trump in a letter Friday slammed Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) for their “lack of leadership” and urged “action on the devastating violence in Chicago.”

“Your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you have sworn to protect,” Trump wrote, citing a Chicago Sun-Times article from June 8 about recent violence and murders in the city.

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