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Shootings across Chicago kill 3 kids; activists seek change

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 18:26:56-04

CHICAGO -- Activists and local leaders are calling for more state and federal support as shootings across Chicago over the weekend have left three children dead.

One of the slain children was a 10-year-old girl who died Saturday night after a stray bullet came through an apartment window and struck her in the head.

That was among at least 10 shooting fatalities over the weekend.

Earlier Saturday, a 1-year-old boy was killed and his mother injured when a gunman opened fire on their vehicle.

Also, a 17-year-old died after he got into an altercation and someone fired shots.

Spate of shootings raises fears of a violent summer

A spate of shootings around the country has law enforcement worried that this summer could be a violent one.

The shootings are happening in a turbulent brew of a pandemic that has left many without jobs, protests against racism, historic surges in gun sales and a rancorous election season.

One silver lining: This year is on pace to have half as many mass shootings as the record-breaking 2019.

But according to the Gun Violence Archive, other non-suicidal gun deaths are on pace to exceed last year.