New mass shooting hits Chicago; one killed, six others injured
The police department says that the shooting took place during a large ceremonial gathering in tribute to a man that died in a car accident over three years ago.
A mass shooting in the US city of Chicago left one woman dead and six others injured, deputy police chief Adnardo Gutierrez said on Sunday.
Gutierrez told reporters that around 1:00 am, the police department responded to reports of a shooting incident in the Austin neighborhood.
"Seven people were hit by gunfire, including a 25-year-old woman who was transported to Mt. Sinai [medical center]. She succumbed to her injuries," he said.
The crime took place during a ceremonial gathering in tribute to a man who died in a car accident almost four years ago.
"A verbal altercation ensued and multiple offenders began to shoot," the deputy chief added said.
Four men in their 20s were wounded and are currently being hospitalized, in addition to a teenage girl and a 28-year-old woman, while one lays in critical condition.
2022 marked the most violent year in schools, with 46 shootings reported, The Washington Post revealed earlier.
The rise in gun deaths among children and teens is part of a broader recent increase in firearm deaths among Americans overall. In 2021, there were 48,830 gun deaths among Americans of all ages – by far the highest yearly total on record and up 23% from the 39,707 recorded in 2019, before the pandemic.