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Weekend gun violence leaves 4 dead and 42 wounded in Chicago



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By Jenny Goldsberry

Gun violence killed four people and wounded 42 in Chicago this weekend. Eleven teenagers were among the wounded according to NBC Chicago.

Sunday was the deadliest night. Three of the fatal shootings happened within 20 minutes on Sunday. From 2:30 AM to 2:50 AM, a man was shot in the face, another man was shot in the chest and back, and another was shot in the chest, arm and shoulder. Police do not have any suspects in custody in relation to either shootings.

Among the teenage victims, five were shot after the hours of 10 PM Friday night in various shootings. A 15 year old and a 19 year old were shot in their car. Then, a 14 year old was shot on his own porch. After that two 16 year olds were shot while walking on the street.

Next, a gunshot wounded a sixth teenager while he was walking on the street just after 10 PM. On Sunday, five more teenagers were hurt in shootings spread from midnight to about 4:30 PM. While none have died, two are in critical condition. One of the two, a 19 year old, even refused to cooperate with police. Another 14-year-old girl refused treatment after a bullet grazed her arm.

Read the full article here.

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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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