Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gun violence kills 14 in Chicago over holiday weekend

Gun violence erupted in Chicago over the holiday weekend, with 14 people killed and another 68 wounded from July 3 through early July 7. Two of the fatal shootings were by Chicago police, reported The Christian Science Monitor.
It was the city’s highest concentration of gun violence this year, but in its wake it was ascribed to familiar suspected causes, depending on the source: inadequate policing, lax gun laws, and lack of economic opportunity.
Most of the Chicago shootings took place in areas plagued by school closings and systemic losses in manufacturing jobs: Englewood, Roseland, Gresham, and West Pullman. Most of the fatalities were teenage boys or young adult men.
In gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend last year, 11 people were killed and 62 wounded.

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