“Teenager Rashaun Hood Among 6 Fatally Shot in Violent Chicago Weekend”

By | July 24, 2023

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Chicago has once again experienced a weekend marred by violence and bloodshed, with six people losing their lives and 27 others sustaining gunshot wounds. The city witnessed a staggering 24 separate shooting incidents from Friday evening to late Sunday night, according to the latest information released by authorities.

Among the tragic incidents was the killing of a man and the injury of four others early Saturday while they were standing on a sidewalk. Additionally, three individuals, including two women, were wounded on Saturday night when gunfire erupted from an alley, targeting a group of people on Chicago’s South Side.

One particularly heartbreaking case involved the death of a 16-year-old boy, Rashaun Hood, who was found on a sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds on Friday night. Hood, the grandson of community activist Robin Hood, was described as a basketball player who excelled academically and had a promising future.

While Chicago’s weekend violence has become an all too familiar occurrence in recent years, there is a glimmer of hope in the national context. Homicides across the country have been decreasing this year, with a 9.4% drop during the first half of 2023 compared to the same period in the previous year, according to a report by the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice. The report analyzed crime data from 37 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Despite this positive trend, Chicago has still recorded 331 murders and 1,314 shootings so far this year. However, there is a concerning rise in other major crimes, such as motor vehicle theft, which has more than doubled from 7,074 cases during the same period last year to over 15,990 this year.

In response to the ongoing violence, activists have called on Mayor Brandon Johnson to declare violence a public health crisis in the city. It remains to be seen what measures will be taken to address this pressing issue and ensure the safety and well-being of Chicago’s residents..

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