BREAKING: 11 Dead, At Least 33 Wounded In Christmas Shootings, Here’s What We Know…

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Eleven people were killed and at least 33 others were wounded in shootings across Obama’s ‘hometown’ of Chicago during the holiday weekend, including seven people shot dead on Christmas Day. It was the latest bloody chapter in a city besieged by gun violence.

Last year, a total of 30 people were shot in Chicago over the holiday weekend, leaving six dead.

Homicides and shootings, already an all-too-common hazard in the city, have skyrocketed since last year, when the numbers were already high. The rise in violence is fueled in part by gangs, whose disagreements range from neighborhood turf wars to disputes over girlfriends. The conflicts often escalate quickly to gunfire.

This weekend, one of the victims was an 18-year-old man who was shot multiple times in the neck and back while he was driving at 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day in the Gage Park neighborhood, on the city’s Southwest Side.

His death would become another entry in a fast-moving police log of murder investigations, many with no suspects in custody.

The weekend’s first homicide was Friday night, when two men were killed in the South Austin block where both lived. They went outside after a phone conversation and shots rang out; one man, 20, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead. The other, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The weekend’s most recent fatal shooting happened about 9:20 p.m. Sunday.

Two brothers, James and Roy Gill, were fatally shot late Sunday as they hung out on an East Chatham porch during a family party, according to police and witnesses. They were shooting dice with their relatives when someone ran out from an alley to the south and started firing shots into the porch. The Gill brothers were pronounced dead; five other people were wounded, two of whom were listed in critical condition.

The killer is on the loose.

Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States. 


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