Every year, more than 30,000 people are shot and killed in the US.
At least seven people have been killed and more than three dozen injured in separate gun-related incidents in Chicago during the city’s most violent weekend of the year, a report says.
From Saturday afternoon to Father's Day Sunday, at least six people were killed and 27 others wounded by firearms in the US State of Illinois’ largest city, matching similar results during a bloody weekend last year when 53 people were shot - nine fatally, the Chicago Sun-Times
reported on Monday.
Shootings which occurred from Friday afternoon into Saturday left another person dead with 12 others wounded, bringing the total number of shootings in the US third largest city to 46 over the weekend.
The youngest person to be killed from gun violence during the weekend was 16 years old.
This is while a new Bloomberg assessment revealed that gun-related violence in Chicago costs the United States approximately $2.5 billion a year - roughly $2,500 on average for each and every Chicago household.
The high rate of murder and gun crime in Chicago has often sparked protest rallies in the city.
On February 2, a rally was held in the city where protesters demanded that President Barack Obama come to his hometown to discuss gun violence which reached a record high of 506 murders in 2012.
Shooting incidents across the US continue unabated as the nation’s lawmakers have refused to consider legislation to better control guns and enforce stricter background checks for gun buyers following last December’s shooting massacre of 20 children and seven adults at a Connecticut elementary school.
Every year, more than 30,000 people are shot and killed in the US, which averages 87 deaths each day, and another 183 are injured daily according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the Centers for Disease Control.