シカゴ 警察 Superintendent David O. Brown delivered his impassioned plea to the public on Monday morning, as the extended violent weekend nears a close. At least eight of the dozens of shooting victims reported so far were under 18 – ages 4, 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 16 そして 17, the Chicago Police Department has released so far. 少なくとも 53 people had been shot as of Sunday night.
“This is about the safety of our babies,” Brown said during the Monday news conference.
最年少の犠牲者, identified by 狐 32 as Mychal Moultry, was getting his hair cut inside an apartment in the Woodlawn neighborhood just before 9 午後. local time when he was struck by two bullets fired through the window, police and officials have said. He suffered gunshot wounds to his head and was rushed to an area hospital, but could not be saved.
“You’re harming this community. You’re harming these families.”
Mychal was the second 4-year-old innocent bystander wounded in Chicago in the past week, 警察は言った. 火曜日に, 9月. 1, a girl was struck when she was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight between shooters in two vehicles in Englewood, 警察は言った. Her injuries were considered non-life-threatening.
Police are seeking any witnesses or information related to the senseless shooting.
Brown described how there were typically three circumstances in which children have been wounded or injured by gunfire, such as when they are struck but a bullet meant for another target; when they are mistaken for someone else; or when “the targeted person is visiting a relative during a holiday or doing a family gathering, and they’re being targeted and the family members are being shot as innocent bystanders.”
Speaking from a personal standpoint, “too high a number” of offenders and victims are people of color, ブラウンは言った, 黒人は誰ですか.
“And I have family members that I don’t invite over for family gatherings just because of some of the issues that come with that family member that is living a life of crime,” 彼は続けた. “I would just … encourage you as a family to protect your children from people in the family that are on the wrong side of the law.”
And speaking directly to the criminal offenders, 彼は尋ねた: “Why are you continuing to be around young people, our children?”
“That’s on you,” 彼が追加した.
He urged such offenders to “stay away from children if you want to live that life.”
“You’re harming this community. You’re harming these families,” 彼が追加した. “And we will be relentless in pursuing you as an offender.”