Three people were killed and 29 others injured this weekend in Chicago. While this Memorial Day weekend saw fewer shootings than last year, 2021 as a whole has already seen more shootings than in 2020.
According to the Chicago Tribune, one of the victims came under fire on the sidewalk. A gunman attacked the 40-year-old Monday night. After being struck several times, the victim died later in the hospital.
A 20-year-old man was shot in the face while driving, but survived. Northwestern Memorial Hospital treated him promptly after the shooting, after midnight Sunday.
The Tribune reported that the spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office Natalia Derevyanny, claimed that 2021 saw 28% more gun homicides in the city than in 2020.
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Kyle Rittenhouse Found ‘Not Guilty’ On All Counts
After three and a half days of deliberation, the jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all counts. “Jurors in the polarizing case said they had voted to acquit Rittenhouse, 18, of homicide, attempted homicide and other charges related to the August 2020 shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin” reports The Washington Post.
Rittenhouse testified during the trial during which he became so emotional he was unable to speak in between sobs as he attempted to describe the shootings. The judge called a brief recess for Rittenhouse to regain composure.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Rittenhouse said on the stand. “I defended myself.”
National Review reports “As the verdict was announced, Rittenhouse, overwhelmed with emotion, burst into tears and dropped to the ground, struggling to breathe. After collecting himself, he embraced the defense counsel who represented him throughout the trial.”
Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was 26 at the time. Rittenhouse testified that he fired in self-defense and pleaded not guilty to all counts.
National Review reports:
“Rittenhouse was arrested on August 26, 2020, after shooting three people during the riots that followed the police killing of Jacob Blake, a black man who was brandishing a knife and in the process of violating a restraining order when police arrived on scene.
He was initially indicted on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional reckless homicide, failure to comply with an emergency order from a local government, and possession of a dangerous weapon.”
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