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Chicago: 3 dead, at least 21 wounded in weekend shootings

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At least 24 people were shot across Chicago throughout the weekend, with three killed, reported The Chicago Sun-Times via ABC News 7.

One fatality was a 54-year-old man, identified as Harold Green by the Cook County medical examiner’s office, who suffered nine gunshot to the back in his neighborhood of South Shore in the early hours of Sunday, according to the report. He was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

One witness, according to police, told officers that they saw a person fire bullets from inside a gray Chrysler.

Another fatality happened Saturday night, when two women in Lawndale on the West Side were shot. One of them, identified as 29-year-old Samone Hill by the medical examiner’s office, was pronounced dead at Mt. Sinai Hospital after being shot in the back and both arms, according to the report. The other woman, an unnamed 28-year-old, was hit in her lower right leg and was stabilized at the same hospital.

The third fatality was 17-year-old boy, identified as Davion Ward by police and the medical examiner’s office. Ward and two others were in a parked car Friday night in Bridgeport on the South Side, when two men pulled up in a black Dodge Durango, exited the car, and started firing at them, police said.

Ward was hit in the back and pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

A 16-year-old boy sustained a graze wound to the head, while the second person, a man between 18 and 20 years old, was hit in the chest, according to police. The two were transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, according to the report.

For more details about the other shootings and their victims, read the full original report here.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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