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Tragic Weekend of Violence in Chicago (Video)

Introduction

During the first full weekend of summer break for Chicago Public Schools, the city experienced a surge in gun violence, resulting in nearly 50 people being shot, including several teenagers. This spike in violence has raised significant concerns as summer begins.

Details of the Shootings

  • Total Casualties: 49 people were shot, with 9 fatalities. Of the 49 victims, 8 were under the age of 18.
  • Latest Incidents:
    • Sunday Night Shooting: A 23-year-old man was shot multiple times near 31st and Pulaski. He is in critical condition. Police found a weapon at the scene but have not made any arrests.
    • Douglas Neighborhood: On Friday, a 12-year-old boy and two teenagers were injured in two separate shootings. The 12-year-old was hit while walking with a group near 31st Street Beach. A 15-year-old girl was shot while sitting in a car, and a 16-year-old boy was shot in a fast-food restaurant parking lot nearby.

Proposed Curfew

In response to the violence, Alderman Hopkins is proposing a new curfew for teenagers under 18 in Chicago’s central business district. The curfew would be set at 8:00 PM and is aimed at reducing the increasing violence in areas like the Loop, Magnificent Mile, and Streeterville.

Exceptions to the Curfew

The proposed curfew would exempt teenagers attending city events such as Lollapalooza or NASCAR, as well as those who work in the city. The proposal will be introduced to the city council on Wednesday.

Conclusion

This violent weekend in Chicago has underscored the urgent need for measures to protect the city’s youth and reduce gun violence, especially as summer activities ramp up. The proposed curfew aims to address this growing concern and ensure safer streets for everyone.

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