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Chicago gun and gang violence kills 6 wounds 62 over the weekend

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Six people died and 62 are wounded as a result of gun violence this weekend. Out of those wounded, 11 are under the age of 18. Of those killed, two were under the age of 16, according to CBS Chicago.

Young Victims of Gun Violence

First, at 10:30 AM Saturday, a witness found a 12-year-old boy unresponsive in the street. His mother, Fallon Harris shot him twice, once in the head. Prosecutors charged her with first degree murder. Harris claimed she shot him because he would not give her an SD card she reportedly lost.

Then, on Saturday night, about twenty minutes to 10 PM, a drive-by gunman committed a mass shooting. As a result, one woman died and five received injuries. Among the injured was a 15-year-old girl.

Next, at 1:45 PM Sunday afternoon, a boy saw a white Jeep Wrangler while riding his bike. He must have recognized the car, because upon seeing it he immediately dropped his bike and ran from the scene. But he was shot in his leg anyway. He’s in good condition.

Finally, the last shooting of the weekend happened at 12:25 AM Monday. Another 16-year-old boy was walking his dog when he was shot. A gunman drove by in his car, pulled over, and got out of the car to shoot him in the leg. Now, the victim is in good condition. However, police made no arrests for the crime yet.

Chicago Police Respond

Meanwhile, police continued to blame gangs for much of the gun violence. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown gave two press conferences on the subject of gangs last week, one on Monday and another on Friday.

“Gangs are a significant scourge to the safety of our neighborhoods,” Brown tweeted Friday. “And we’re going to use every resource available to take these criminal networks down.”

Currently, there are charges against four gangs, including the Gangster Disciples, Conservative Vice Lords, Traveling Vice Lords and Four Corner Hustlers.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Kyle Rittenhouse Found ‘Not Guilty’ On All Counts

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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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