3 children among 16 dead, 47 injured in Chicago weekend shootings


CHICAGO (WGN) — Gun violence in Chicago over the weekend has left more than a dozen people dead, including three children.

From Friday evening through midnight Monday, 16 people were killed and 47 were injured.

Now, a group of Chicago business owners are offering thousands of dollars to find the killers of these child victims.

Just before 10 p.m. Saturday night, a stray bullet came through the window of an apartment on the 3500 block of Dickens Avenue in Logan Square and struck Lena Nunez in the head. Police believe two groups were firing at each other outside the apartment, when Lena was hit by a stray bullet.

The youngest victim killed this weekend was 20-month-old Sincere Gaston. Sincere was shot in the chest while riding in his car seat near 60th and Halsted on Saturday. His mother was grazed by a bullet.

In another shooting Saturday, a 17-year-old was shot and killed in the Humboldt Park neighborhood during a fight.

An 8-year-old girl was also shot while sitting on the couch inside her home at 66th and South Wood in West Englewood. The girl suffered a graze wound to her head, but survived.

It was just last weekend when Chicago saw the worst gun violence of the year, 106 people shot, including 3-year-old Mekhi James and 13-year-old Amaria Jones, who were both killed.

A newly formed group of activists and entrepreneurs say they’re fed up. The group, called “I’m Telling Don’t Shoot” is now offering a $50,000 reward to help find the shooters in the cases of the youngest victims, Mekhi and Sincere.

The group is backed by Englewood Ald. Stephanie Coleman, and they even brought the cash reward to Sunday’s news conference.

To report information in those cases, call the tipline at (312) 747-8380.

Another $2,000 reward is being offered in the death of Lena Nunez. A GoFundMe has been created to help her family pay for burial and funeral costs.


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