The United States was on watch for terrorists activity over for the fourth of July holiday weekend. The holiday weekend was not a quit one for the city of Chicago.
According to reports by Chicago Tribune, 30 people were shot and three people were killed due to gun violence within a span of eight hours in Chicago.
One of the victims was a 7-year-old Amari Brown who was shot in the chest and killed after returning from a celebration at Humboldt Park. Shortly before midnight, someone opened fire on North Harding Street and fatally wounded Brown and a 26-year-old woman.
The shooting added to a rapid span of violence that started at 9:20 p.m. and ended at 4:45 a.m. Around 10 p.m., a 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl were shot after a group of teens began fighting near the Navy Pier moments after the fireworks display.
At 1 a.m., a 26-year-old man was shot to death near the South Shore neighborhood. Around 2:45 a.m., a 26-year-old man was shot in the chest and killed near Albany Park while sitting in a van and talking to friends. At 3:55 a.m., two men were sitting on a porch on South Princeton Ave when a gunman approached and opened fire. One man attempted to get away and jumped off a bridge onto the Dan Ryan Expressway. He was found laying on a median wall on the expressway and taken to the hospital.
Thus far, 41 people have been shot over the weekend. In 2014, 82 people were shot and 16 died during the holiday weekend. The city has already suffered from overwhelming violence as over 200 people have been killed in 2015. Over 1,000 people have been shot thus far. More people have been shot in Chicago this year than in New York and Los Angeles combined.