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Set of 3-year-old, others signal another violent Chicago weekend

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CHICAGO – A 3-year-old boy was among the seven people shot in a single incident in Chicago in the night from Friday to Saturday, the town fortified itself for another weekend of bloodshed and violence.

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

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 incident 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 told reporters.

“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

On the city’s 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.

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