Gun violence in Chicago this past Independence Day weekend, left 11 people dead and 60 people wounded, from Thursday evening through Monday morning. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling the number of shootings "simply unacceptable."
Shaquille Ross, 18, was the youngest victim killed during the holiday in the West Englewood area, according to the Chicago Tribune. Around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Ross was shot in the chest. He was taken to a medical center and pronounced dead at 8:09 p.m.
Another victim, Shambreyh Barfield, 22, was sitting and talking with a friend on the front porch of a house when four or five masked men drove past and opened fire. The attackers were said to be aiming for someone else. Barfield was hit in the head and her friend was shot in the arm, according to theTribune.
Gun violence also claimed the lives of two others on Wednesday morning in two separate incidents. Ryan Pargo, 21, was shot in the head and back while riding a bicycle. Police are still determining the nature of the shooting. He was pronounced dead an hour later at the scene.
Later that morning, Jimero Starling, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene where he was shot Wednesday morning at 6:53 a.m.
Mayor Emanuel said the solution for the continued crime does not lie only in policing these areas.
“We also have to give our young people alternatives to the street, and as a community we need to demand more of ourselves and our neighbors," he said. "The only way we will meet this challenge to our future is to join with one another and create a partnership for peace,” Emanuel said in a statement.
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