One of the dead was a 1-year-old boy who was shot and his mother injured in a shootout on Saturday afternoon, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Sincere Gaston, the boy, was shot in the chest on the way home from a laundromat with his mother, who was also grazed with a bullet.
Chicago Police Chief Fred Waller Told Fox 6 Now that the family is “going through huge emotions and conflicts.” Authorities do not believe the shooting was random.
There is a reward of $ 25,000 in the filming of a new group called “Je raconte, ne tir pas”. NBC Chicago reported that the group is made up of local business leaders.
“I am absolutely delighted that these business owners are standing behind me to support this initiative. We have to find this killer, ”said Earley Walker, owner of W&W Towing.
The Sun-Times reported that four children were among the 59 killed in the city. Three of them died.
A 10-year-old girl was also shot dead when she was hit by a stray bullet in her uncle’s house in Logan Square. Preliminary information showed that the shots came from a group of men who had shot themselves at the block, he said. No one was in detention on Sunday.
“They just can’t believe she went there with her uncle and her other parents and she was just waiting for her father to come and get her, then this incident happened”, Andrew Holmes, community activist , Told ABC 7 Chicago.
Experts say non-suicidal gun deaths are on the verge of surpassing last year. News comes as American public faces stress from coronavirus pandemic and economic fallout, greater awareness of racial injustice and police, and deeper political divisions over the course of a year presidential election.
“The pain of losing a child never goes away,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Twitter on Saturday. “As a mother, I am tired of the funeral. I am tired of burying our children. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report