(CHICAGO) — Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Monday he is both “saddened and sickened” by the gun violence in the city over the July 4th weekend.
The shootings, which were concentrated in the city’s struggling south and west sides, left 9 people dead and at least 53 injured.
A 7-year-old-boy, and a 17-year-old-boy, were among the fatal victims. Police say the bullet that struck the 7-year-old victim in the chest was meant for his father, a known gang member with 45 previous arrests.
With a determined and pointed tone, Emanuel reiterated his calls for gun law reform and scolded the criminals responsible for the weekend crime for their lack of conscience.
“You have gangbangers, without any sense of moral remorse or responsibility , shooting into a playground or shooting into a front yard, as if it’s a personal shooting gallery,” Emanuel said.
The mayor repeatedly called on legislators and adults to fight for change. “You have too many guns on the streets, too many people using those guns, and too little values,” he said.
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