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Gun Violence Runs Rampant in Chicago; North River and South Austin Sees Six Victims

Police arrive at the scene in North River, where four people were injured from a drive-by shooting
Police arrive at the scene in North River, where four people were injured from a drive-by shooting

Gun violence across America continues as Chicago becomes the latest victim when two people were shot in South Austin on Sunday morning and a shooting from a passing car disrupted the River North neighborhood.

South Austin

Two people were found with gunshot wounds in South Austin on Saturday night.

The 31-year-old was shot in the face and later transported to Mr Sinai, where he died. The second man was shot and injured in the leg, arm and chest, leaving him in serious condition.

Investigations indicate that the two victims exchanged gunfire. However, the incident is currently under investigation with Area Four investigators in the case.

North River

Meanwhile, authorities report that a shooting took place at 1:11 am in block 400 of North State Street. The officers who responded to a request to the shooting found four victims on the spot.

Among the victims is a 29-year-old man who was shot in the neck, jaw and chest. A 41-year-old man suffered a laceration in his leg, a 27-year-old man was shot in the foot. The last victim, a 40-year-old woman, was hit in the legs and knees.

All four victims were taken to hospital. The 29-year-old has suffered the most and is currently in critical condition. The 40-year-old woman was found in fair condition, while the other two were in good condition.

Authorities interviewed a witness who said the shooter was driving a white Sedan when they opened fire. After the shooting, the car drove south.

Police are currently investigating the situation and looking for suspects.

The shooting isn’t the first, as River North witnessed another shooting incident three weeks ago that left two people injured.

Two men, ages 29 and 20, were shot by an unknown assailant in a black jeep fleeing north on State Street.

While the younger man suffered a thigh abrasion and was treated on the spot, the 29-year-old man sustained a thigh injury and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition. 

The downtown shootings occurred in the 18th ward, where the homicide rate went up to 100% and the shooting rate increased by 53%. The district has a total crime rate of 71%, which includes burglary, car theft, robbery, assault and theft.

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