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Gun violence kills 6 wounds 52 over the weekend in Chicago



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By Jenny Goldsberry

At the time of this report, 52 people have been shot and six of them had been killed this weekend in Chicago. Among those killed is a 7-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy.

Among teenage victims, a 14-year-old girl was shot in the right shoulder and wrist just after 7:00 PM Friday night. She got into an argument while walking down the street and someone shot her. Once at the hospital, she was in good condition.

Then on Saturday afternoon, 15-year-old boy was shot  near Mary E. McDowell Elementary School. While he was sitting in a park, a drive by shooter struck him three times. when someone in a gray Chrysler drove by and shot him. He had gunshot wounds in his right arm, thigh, and hip. But reports say he’s in good condition as well.

Next, a 17-year-old boy was one of three people shot inside an apartment building late Saturday night. Police said he was shot in the shoulder, hand, and leg while in the hallway. He died of his wounds.

Just hours later, three teenage boys were shot at while at a gas station. A 15-year-old boy, 16-year-old boy and a 19-year-old boy all recovered from their wounds at local hospitals.

Finally, at 2:50 p.m. Sunday, a gunman shot two girls while they were in a parked vehicle. The seven-year-old girl was shot in the chest and torso. As a result she was pronounced dead at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Her sister, a six-year-old was shot in the chest and right armpit. But her condition was stabilized at the same hospital despite her pierced lung.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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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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