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CHICAGO – Kenwon Parker would have turned 16 on Saturday. But instead of celebrating and an important milestone in the life of a young person, his family and friends are mourning over his death.

Parker has a sad reminder of the terrible crimes that play almost every day in Chicago.

Parker was shot and killed Thursday by a 13-year-old boy after a youth basketball tournament at Garfield Park field house on Chicago’s West Side. A 14-year-old was injured.

Embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

(Associated Press)

The 13-year-old is charged with weapons violations. The boy, who police have not publicly identified because he is a minor, is charged with weapons violations, Chicago, police said. He was charged Friday night and released into the custody of a parent or guardian, Director Jose Jara said.

On the other side of the city, the news of the shooting comes faster than the police can even to a certain scene.

Indeed, on Friday evening, as the city girded itself for another weekend of chaos and bloodshed, a shooting left seven people injured — a 3-year-old boy among them.

The youngster is one of the 25 people shot in Chicago over a span of about 14 hours from Friday afternoon to early Saturday. A 27-year-old man was killed after being shot in the chest and the arm around 3pm Friday on Chicago’s South Side, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Police say the child was hit in his left tibia in the Englewood neighborhood on the south side. He was transported to a children’s hospital and is in stable condition Friday night.

“Today is a 3-year-old … part of a mass shooting … mass shooting in Chicago. There is something that needs to be done.”

– Donovan Price, pastor and advocate for Chicago’s victims of crime


Most of the people wounded in the shooting were on a sidewalk when shots rang out.

Another victim, a 27-year-old man was shot in the torso, and to St. Bernard Hospital. His condition is unknown, police said. A third victim was taken by ambulance to the University of Chicago Medical Center, authorities said. His condition was also unknown.

Three men, aged 26, 29 and 30, were also taken to St. Bernard Hospital, their condition is stabilised. The 29-year-old was shot in the left calf, while the 30-year-old was shot in his left leg. The youngest man was hit in the left hand and leg.

A 38-year-old woman standing in a nearby backyard and was hit by a stray bullet. She was treated on the scene.

The episode only added to an already crime-filled Friday in the Windy City, as the frustration continues to mount about the violence.

“Today is a 3-year-old … part of a mass shooting … mass shooting in Chicago. There is something that needs to be done,” victim advocate and pastor Donovan Price said.

On the west side, a man between the ages of 15 and 17, shot himself in the head after a short foot chase with the police, the Chicago police spokesman Anthony Gugliemi said.

Police say they saw the teen with a gun around 7 a.m. When the officers tried to get him, he took off. He then shot himself.

Earlier in the day – hours before the sun came up – two men had been shot down within 10 minutes in the center of Chicago.

The first was a 20-year-old man who was shot in the abdomen on the fifth floor of a parking garage. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and remained in critical condition. A person of interest was taken into custody on less than a stone’s throw away from the garage, police said.

The second episode was going to be a 34-year-old man who drove himself to the hospital after she is shot in the stomach on Wacker Drive in Chicago’s famous Loop around 12:40 pm

There are no arrests in the case.

Amid rising violence and bloodshed, pressure is building for action by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, or for his dismissal. He came under fire last week for comments on the link of the eruptions of violence in the city, and the moral character of the people in some ethnic neighborhoods.

.”This might not be politically correct,” he said, “but I know that the power of faith and family can do. … Our children need that structure. … I demand … that we also don’t shy away from a full discussion about the importance of family and faith to help develop and promote character, self-respect, a value system and a moral compass that allows children to know good from evil, and between good and evil.”

Critics attacked him for laying the blame at the victims of violence.

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