UPDATE: Since this story was originally posted, at least 9 other people were shot in Chicago. WLS reports that the shootings continued through Sunday afternoon, bringing the total to at least 24 shot and 2 dead.
It's been another violent weekend in Chicago, with at least 15 people wounded by gunfire and 2 killed since Friday afternoon.
On Saturday night, a 12-year-old girl was standing on a sidewalk in the 500 block of North Springfield Avenue when she was shot in her left foot, the Chicago Tribune reports. Though the circumstances of the shooting were unclear, police told the paper that the child's family did not cooperate with police. She was hospitalized in good condition.
Donnel Rankin, a 16-year-old from suburban Sauk Village, was not so lucky. Rankin was found in the 12100 block of South Green Street Friday night with a gunshot wound to his head, the Tribune reports. He was dead on the scene. No one was in custody for the slaying as of Saturday night, and police told the Chicago Sun-Times it was likely gang-related.
Also on Friday night, a 17-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man were standing outside a party in the 7000 block of South Clyde Avenue when more than one assailant approached on foot and opened fire, NBC Chicago reports. The 17-year-old was critically wounded, and the 21-year-old was in "stable" condition. No one was in custody, but police told the station the shooters fled in a blue van.
As CBS Chicago reports, the shootings continued through Saturday and into early Sunday morning, when 33-year-old Devon Paramore was gunned down in the 8600 block of West 87th Street. Paramore was taken to John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, where he was pronounced dead.
Since March, Chicago has seen a spike in violence -- mostly on the weekends. Homicides and nonfatal shootings have soared compared to the same period of time last year in Chicago. Responding to criticism over recent gun violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has defended the steps the city has taken to fight crime on his watch, including conducting gang audits and shifting some 600 police officers from desk duty to the streets.
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