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A string of shootings throughout Chicago started on Friday night and ended Monday, according to police, totalling more than two dozen incidents that police did not know if they are connected, according to published reports.
The heightened spree of 27 shooting incident is abnormally high, even for Chicago, which has become infamous for shootings and homicide in recent years, according to NBC Chicago.
The last shooting in the spree involved a 17-year-old on Chicago’s West Side who was standing among a group of people when shot in the back of the head and died.
According to Chicago Police, the first shooting just after Midnight on Friday, involved a dark-colored sedan. The car’s occupants drove by and shot a 28-year-old man also on the West Side. He was struck in the back and later pronounced dead.
The worst of the violence occurred during Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning, which included nine total shootings. All nine were hospitalized and in stable or critical condition, the news station reported.
After leading the nation in homicide’s the past couple of years, Police issued a report earlier this year that 2014 had seen a decrease in violence. But critics say that the flowery statistics are a mirage resulting from a political re-categorization of shootings in a way that keep politicans from looking bad as a result of the violence.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com and can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.