US police say at least 44 people have been shot, including five who were killed, in Chicago on Sunday, marking yet another deadly weekend in the city’s long record of gun violence.
Officials said the shootings took place in the space of 14 hours – between midnight and 2 p.m.– and were expected to increase in number as the day went by.
Police records showed that 30 people were shot and two killed as a result of 10 separate incidents in three hours beginning at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, according to CNN.
“The city of Chicago experienced a violent night,” Bureau of Patrol Chief Fred Waller said Sunday afternoon. “Some of these instances were targeted and were related to gang conflicts in those areas.”
The victims ranged from an 11-year-old boy to a 62-year-old man, according to reports.
One incident saw shooters opening fire into a crowded street party according to Waller.
The wave of violence on Sunday was preceded by two relatively calm days…