A 17-year-old was shot dead and a 24-year-old injured on a bus in Chicago on Sunday afternoon.
Fox says that at 1:17 p.m., two gunmen boarded the bus at the 300 Block of South Pulaski Road. Police said they went to the rear and shot both victims. CBS says there is evidence they had automatic weapons, such as an assault rifle.
Officials said the suspects left the scene after the shooting and headed toward East Chicago. The teenager was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital but died there after being shot. The bullet narrowly missed the 24-year-old’s head, but he refused medical treatment on site.
CBS says authorities think this was a planned attack. It is still unclear whether the 24-year-old was also a target or just a spectator caught in the middle of the shooting.
Endemic gun violence in Chicago
The bus shooting is part of a pattern of much gun violence in the city. In 2021, 3,561 people were shot and 800 killed, according to CBS.
WTTV says 2022 was a little quieter, but there were still more than 971 shootings and 240 deaths. Although homicides have fallen by 8%, total violent crime has increased by 4% since last year.
CNN says Chicago’s high rate of homicides is often caused by the street gang culture in low-income minority neighborhoods. Angela Hernandez-Sutton, who grew up on Pulaski Road, told the Sun Times that many of the killings were caused by fights between rival gangs over territory and control of open-air drug markets.
At the Boyle Heights camp party, where gunfire rang out, three people died and four were injured.
One person is killed and seven others injured in a Memorial Day shooting in Oklahoma. The suspect is arrested after the shooting.
Crime Lab said that although Chicago has a very high homicide rate compared to New York and Los Angeles, most of the violence occurs in just a few places in the city. The Sun Times said half of the city’s killings took place in just 10 of the city’s 77 wards.
The paper says many experts have said the killings were caused by a lack of investment and job opportunities in low-income areas. This has been made worse by the pandemic, which has left many people in trouble and out of work.
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