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Chicago shooting: 1 dead, 4 wounded in Chicago neighborhood, where ‘hostile crowds’ fight police first aid, officials say

Police arrived at the scene in the city’s South Side neighborhood and saw five people had been shot, Chicago Police Chief Don Jerome of the Ninth District said during a news conference.

“The officers immediately tried to carry out life-saving measures on those who were shot, and they were met by a hostile crowd,” Jerome said. “Members of the local community and gang members from this crowd actively fought the police while trying to take care of the victims.”

One person died and two others sustained serious injuries, he said. The two other people who were shot are in stable condition, police add.

No officers were injured, Jerome said.

Chicago saw a slight increase in shootings last year, with 3,561 shootings reported compared to 3,258 in 2020, according to data from the Chicago Police Department.
This year, there have been 779 shootings in the week ending May 8, meaning shootings have dropped by 13% compared to the same time last year, the data shows.
On a broader scale, 2020 was the year the United States experienced the highest number of firearms homicides since 1994, according to data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Total firearm killings increased by about 35% between 2019 and 2020, the CDC report said.

By 2020, 79% of all homicides involved weapons, according to the CDC, which is somewhat higher than in the previous five years.

Meanwhile in Chicago, police said they found three weapons related to the shooting.

Five people were shot dead in a Chicago neighborhood on Tuesday, leaving two in critical condition and one person dead, according to the Chicago Police Department.

After analyzing private video taken from the scene, police discovered that a vehicle fled the scene and crashed several streets away, according to Jerome.

Two weapons were found from the vehicle and a third weapon was found from the scene. Police are currently searching for the passengers in the vehicle and no one has been arrested at this time, the police chief said.

“There is a historic gang conflict between two rival gangs here. We do not believe that society is being targeted, but that it is specific gang members who are targeting each other in this historic conflict,” Jerome added.

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