As of late Sunday police said 59 people had been shot — five of them fatally — and more than a dozen were reported to be teenagers.
Chicago early Sunday, leaving 2 dead and 28 others wounded from midnight to 3 a.m.
Five mass shootings, in which three or more people were shot, accounted for 25 of the shooting victims during the three-hour span.
Chicago Police chief of patrol Fred Waller told a press conference Sunday afternoon some of the shootings were ‘targeted’ and related to gang conflicts. Chicago early Sunday, leaving 2 dead and 28 others wounded from midnight to 3 a.m. Five mass shootings, in which three or more people were shot, accounted for 25 of the shooting victims during the 3 hour span.”
The multiple shootings took place between midnight and 2:00pm local time with 10 taking place in just three hours from 1:30am.
Gunmen targeted groups including one gathering of people who had attended a funeral repast, police said, adding that one of the injured victims was an 11-year-old boy.
Chicago experienced a near 20-year record number of murders in 2016, prompting President Donald Trump to regularly single out the city for criticism.
“The city of Chicago experienced a violent night. Incidents of either random or targeted shooting on our streets is totally unacceptable,” he said.
Forty-four people were shot across the Midwestern US city of Chicago Sunday, US media reported, with five killed in a wave of violence police branded “totally unacceptable.”