Chicago shootings kill 2, injure 25
Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:19PM
The latest deadly incident took place in the 3100 block of West Polk Street just after midnight Sunday.
Police said a 17-year-old boy was shot in the head and leg and transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he was pronounced dead.
The teenager, identified as Brandon Peterson of the 3000 block of West Polk Street, was walking with a group at about 12:04 a.m. when someone opened fire, police said.
Another fatal shooting took place in the 1300 block of South Central Park Avenue on Friday.
A 28-year-old man lost his life in an apparent drive-by shooting just after midnight, police said.
Someone reportedly fired at the victim from a dark-colored sedan which was driving by.
The man who suffered gunshot wounds to his back was sent to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
At least 25 others sustained injuries in shooting incidents over the weekend.
Chicago is notorious for its unusually high number of gun deaths, and the proposal is to stem violence there.
Chicago's gun-related homicide rate is three times higher than New York's, and twice that of Los Angeles.
Every year, more than 30,000 people are shot dead in the United States. The year 2012 was a record setting year for gun sales in the US.
Critics blame the notoriously liberal gun control laws in the United States for the high rate of gun violence in the country.
About 4.5 million firearms are sold annually in the US at a cost of 2 to 3 billion dollars.