A toddler was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting Chicago Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 14), making him the youngest shooting victim in the city since 2013.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the shootings "must be a turning point" for Chicago, which had 4,000 shooting victims and 762 homicides in 2016, a two-decade high, according to police statistics cited by the Washington Post.
Police said Wednesday that they were still searching for a suspect in the shooting, which shocked a city already grappling with a surge in violence so severe that it has drawn the condemnation of President Donald Trump. 2, was riding in a auto with his aunt, Breunna Devonte, 20 and her boyfriend, 27, who, according to police, was a known gang member. Police believe the man and woman were dating. The 12-year old, Kanari Gentry-Bowers, was also shot Saturday and is now in critical condition at Stroger Hospital. A third person was wounded.
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Two children have died this week and one is on life support, he said.
"I'm sick of it and I know Chicago is sick of it, and I just hope that our legislative partners are sick of it", he added.
"We have very promising leads", Johnson said at a news conference. The woman in the auto was streaming live to Facebook at the time of the shooting. Over the weekend, over 20 people were shot, with five fatalities. A few minutes into the livestream, multiple shots can be heard. "I have a bullet in my stomach", the woman screams.
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It does not appear that Devonte says anything about her nephew, only stating that they shot her boyfriend. "I got a bullet in my stomach". Recent gun violence in Chicago has garnered national attention, with 2016 ending with a record number of shootings and the most homicides in two decades, according to police. Investigators were able to interview the woman, he said. Police had not yet released the names of the shooting victims. Earlier this month, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms confirmed that it was weighing adding more agents to the agency's Chicago field office. The boy was shot in the buttocks and the man was shot in the right leg; both were in good condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The woman, who is the toddler's aunt, is in fair condition at Mt. Sinai hospital.
A 12-year-old girl was also badly hurt in another shooting on Chicago's South Side on Saturday night, according to NBC.
"They just don't fear it, and until we create that mental accountability to them to not pick up a gun, we're going to continue to see this cycle of violence", Mr Johnson said. Both repeated their calls to state lawmakers to strengthen penalties for repeat offenders.
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