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Toddler, 10-Year-Old Girl Among 14 Dead After 63 People Shot Over Weekend In Chicago

Chicago, IL – Sixty-three people were shot and 16 people were killed – including a toddler and a 10-year-old girl – in shootings during another violent weekend in Chicago.

A 20-month-old boy riding home from the laundromat in a car with his mother was shot in the chest on Saturday, FOX News reported.

Sincere Gaston was killed, and his mother sustained a graze wound to her neck.

Ten-year-old Lena Nunez was killed by a stray bullet as she sat watching television in her grandmother’s Logan Square apartment on Saturday evening, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The bullet shattered the window and struck Lena in the head.

On June 29, several hundred people took to the street in front of the girl’s home and had candles and flowers in memory of her.

A 17-year-old boy was also fatally shot in Humboldt Park on Saturday night.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ranted on Twitter about the latest murders of juveniles in Chicago.

All of the shootings happened between 6 p.m. on Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday night, WLS reported.

“We are tapping all of our resources to ensure these killers cannot kill anyone else,” Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown told reporters at a press conference on Monday. “We all need to be outraged by this violence.”

Superintendent Brown said officers had made 22 gun arrests and confiscated 66 guns over the weekend, according to WLS.

The superintendent also addressed the coming 4th of July weekend and the fact Chicago was prone to increased violence and shootings on holiday weekends.

He said the Chicago Police Department would deploy an additional 1,200 police officers to the streets for Independence Day weekend, WLS reported.

“Our end game is arrests for the precursors to violence,” Superintendent Brown explained. “So every day, we are going to be clearing corners. We’re pleading with the court system: keep them in jail through the weekend at least.”

The mayor said seeing children killed was causing her heartache,” WLS reported.

“Dear God and dear Chicago, we have to better than what we’re seeing,” Lightfoot said.

The violent weekend that claimed the lives of three juveniles followed a violent Father’s Day weekend in Chicago with at least 102 people shot, 14 of them fatally, including a three year old.

It was the bloodiest weekend this year so far in the city known for gun violence on holiday weekends, but it wasn’t the deadliest, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Eighty-five people were shot over Memorial Day weekend, with 24 fatalities.

Five of the fatalities over Father’s Day weekend were minors, including a three-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.

Three-year-old Meekay James was riding through the Austin area in the backseat of his father’s vehicle at about 6:25 p.m. on June 20 when somebody opened fire, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Authorities said someone in a blue Honda fired several rounds into the black SUV driven by Meekay’s father in the 600-block of North Central Avenue.

He drove the wounded toddler straight to the emergency room West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, but the three year old was pronounced dead shortly after they got there, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Police said investigators believe that the toddler’s 27-year-old father was the gunman’s target, the Chicago Tribune reported.

He was also struck by a bullet, but it was only a graze wound to his abdomen.

Police said the toddler’s father was not cooperating with investigators, WGN reported.

An hour earlier, at about 5:10 p.m., 17-year-old Jasean Francis and a 16-year-old Charles Riley were fatally shot in the 7900-block of South Luella Avenue, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Francis was shot in the back, chest and hand, and Riley was shot in the back and side.

Both teenagers were pronounced dead at University of Chicago Medical Center, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Just two hours after the toddler was killed, at about 6:30 p.m. on June 20, a 13-year-old girl was shot in the neck inside her home in the 1000-block of North LeClaire Avenue.

The girl – later identified as 13-year-old Amaria Jones – was transported to Stroger hospital and pronounced dead, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

A fifth minor was killed a few hours later.

That 15-year-old boy was fatally shot while walking with a friend in the alley of the 4700-block of West Superior Street at about 12:18 a.m. on June 22, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Chicago police said someone opened fire on the boys from a grey sedan, and the 15-year-old was hit in the leg, chest, and abdomen.

He was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The other boy, whom police said was 16 years old, was reportedly in in “fair condition” after being shot in the ankle.

“This has gotten me [shaken] up; we can no longer accept our children being murdered in our streets,” said Robert Torres, co-founder of Parents for Peace and Justice, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “These are babies that didn’t have a chance to grow up, so I think we are all hurting as a city and as a community.”

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Tom Gantert

Tom Gantert graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Tom started in the newspaper business in 1983. He has worked at the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Ann Arbor News (Michigan), Vineland Daily-Journal (Michigan), North Hills News Record (Pennsylvania) and USA Today (Virginia). He is also currently the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Tom is the father of a Michigan State Police trooper.

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