Chicago Rocked By Nearly 20 Shootings Over Veterans Day Weekend

Anders Hagstrom | Justice Reporter

Two people died and 16 were injured in shootings across Chicago over Veterans Day weekends, bringing 2017 total for shooting homicides in the city to 562 people.

The shooting over the weekend began at 7 p.m. Friday, with the last shooting happening at 12:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. There have now reportedly been 2,672 shootings this year.

The two men killed this weekend, Alejandro Arellano and Angel Rosario, died around 2 a.m. Sunday when a man pulled up next to them in a car and opened fire before driving away. Other victims include a 14-year-old boy, though he survived his wounds.

The holiday weekend claimed fewer lives than the previous weekend, however, as five were killed and 24 others were injured. Other holiday weekends this year have sported far more severe death tolls as well, with the city seeing 30 shootings over Labor Day weekend and more than 50 shootings over July 4th weekend.

The city’s shocking gun violence has triggered Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat, and other city leaders to expand the Chicago Police Department. Chicago’s plan, announced last year, calls for a net gain of 970 officers by the end of 2018.

An ongoing lawsuit filed by Chicago against Attorney General Jeff Sessions may affect the plan for more officers. Chicago sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) after Sessions announced in July sanctuary cities would not receive law enforcement funding from the DOJ. Chicago expected $3.2 million in grants. (RELATED: Chicago Mayor’s Donors Get Money From City Of Chicago)

The 16 males who were shot this weekend remain in the hospital. Most are reported stable, but two were critically injured.

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