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US mayor: Chicago violence symptom of 'communities crying out'

作者:admin 2020-07-23

Chicago's mayor and police superintendent have blamed gang conflict and lack of opportunity for a major shooting overnight as US President Donald Trump and his Republican allies seek to spotlight violence in Democrat-run cities as a campaign issue.

At least 14 people, including a three-year-old girl, were shot on Tuesday night when occupants of a vehicle opened fire on funeral attendees on Chicago's South Side and attendees fired back, police said.

At a news briefing on Wednesday morning, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she wanted to extend her condolences to "each and every person who was injured"

"This is a difficult time to stand here because of the pain we're all feeling. But I woke up this morning to do everything we can to stop this violence."

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown at the briefing cited massive gang numbers, including 55 major gangs, 747 factions and 2,500 subsets of those factions. 

There are "several hundred gang conflicts" at any time, Brown said. Reprisal attacks were common, he said, with "bullets that are shot in fear, anger, desperation".

"There is no comfort in revenge", Brown continued. "Put your guns down." 

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