Chicago Christmas weekend shootings: 22 bullets, two dead as crime continues
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Christmas weekend at Chicago ended with 22 people shot dead, two of them fatally.
On Christmas night, police found Giovanni J. Lozano, 24, unconscious with a gunshot wound to the head in Logan Square at around 10:40 pm He was pronounced dead at the scene. ABC 7 reported.
A man identified as Clifford Jeffrey, 37, was shot and killed in East Garfield Park around 3:20 p.m. Sunday. He was in a parking lot, according to the police, when a car approached him and someone inside opened fire. He was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to his chest and pronounced dead, the media reported.
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The non-fatal shootings included an 11-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man who were both shot in the leg on Friday night while inside an apartment in Jefferson Park. Police told ABC 7 that they were both in good condition.
A 17-year-old boy was also shot in the knee on Sunday morning at West Lawn. It is also in good condition, according to police.
The Christmas weekend shootings come after last weekend saw 23 people shot dead, four of them fatally.
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The murders have multiplied by 5% this year compared to last year, according to Chicago Police Data. There were 783 murders as of December 19, while 2020 saw 749 murders during the same period.
The city has also been plagued by thefts this year, with a 20% increase from 2020, and criminal sexual assaults increasing by 29% in 2021.
Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot called on the federal government last week to help with rampant crime, noting that she knew “people are scared. ”
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She asked U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland last Monday to send officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for six months to increase the number of investigations and seizures of firearms.
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“The federal government remains uniquely qualified to help tackle the scourge of gun violence,” Lightfoot said. “We need these additional resources well before next summer.”
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