This weekend, gun violence killed three people and wounded another 39 in Chicago. Among the wounded is a 2-year-old girl, according to Sun Times Media Wire.
A family gathered in the Gresham neighborhood just after 5 PM Friday. Suddenly, a drive-by shooter opened fire on the family. They all took cover, including the mother of the 2-year-old girl, who was holding her child at the time. Still, a bullet struck the child in the arm. Another man was also wounded in the leg. Someone among them returned fire with an AK-47. As a result, no one died. However, no one has yet to be arrested for the shooting either.
Then, another drive-by shooter opened fire at a funeral later that Friday. The shooter struck three people, mostly elderly. Now, they are all receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
Next, yet another drive-by shooter attacked a pair of teenage boys on the street Saturday. One was 17 years old and the other was 18 years old. Bullets struck the both of them around 5:40 PM. The 18 year old was critically wounded in the chest.
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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap
President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.
According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.
In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were “wrongfully detained.” He said the American’s would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.
“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.
Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.
The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”
“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.
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