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(CNN)A 9-year-old boy heading to his friend's house was fatally shot in Chicago in the waning hours of July -- a violent month in which police say the number of murders in the city jumped nearly 140% from the previous year.

The father of Janari Andre Ricks said the boy was going to get a game controller from a friend when he was shot multiple times around 6 p.
m. Friday on the Near North Side. He was pronounced dead at Lurie Children's Hospital."It's senseless, I'm still lost," Raymond Ricks told CNN Saturday at a makeshift memorial to his son. "He was everything. He was an inspiration behind all kids around in the community. Sports, anything, he would tell you stats from back in the day about everybody. He was a genius."
    Investigators believe Janari was not the intended target, Chicago Police Chief of Operations Brian McDermott said.

    When a 9 year olds life is ended by a bullet, we must all be outraged. These deaths are not mere statistics. And prayers alone will not sooth a broken heart.

    — Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) August 1, 2020 "When a 9 year old's life is ended by a bullet, we must all be outraged," Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted on Saturday. "These deaths are not mere statistics. And prayers alone will not sooth a broken heart."Read MoreThrough July 26, 212 children have been shot -- 36 fatally -- in Chicago so far this year, according to police.July was a deadly month in Chicago that opened with the fatal shootings of a 7-year-old and a 14-year-old. The month also included a drive-by shooting of 15 people at the funeral for another victim of a drive-by shooting, police said. One weekend saw at least 49 people shot, seven of them fatally. The wounded included seven teenage boys. Children are among the victims of July 4 weekend gun violence across the USChicago had a 51% increase in murders -- from 290 to 440 -- and roughly the same percentage spike in shooting victims -- from 1,480 to 2,240 -- during the first seven months of 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to the police department's latest statistics. The number of murders for the month jumped to 105 from 44 last year.Still, overall crime has decreased by 9% compared to the same time period in 2019 -- driven by a 26% decline in theft and a 19% reduction in criminal sexual assault, police said. "While our City has made progress in reducing violence in recent weeks, all of that is lost when we lose another child to gun violence," Lightfoot tweeted. "Gun violence is every bit a public health crisis as COVID-19," she added. "How many more families must be torn apart? How many more communities need to be traumatized? How many more children have to die? We've had to write these words far too many times just this summer alone."Three Chicago police officers shot and suspected gunman woundedPolice said they have seized more than 5,600 illegal guns and made 3,700 gun arrests so far this year -- a 5% increase from 2019."As we continue moving more officers into the districts and closer to our communities, we have also been focused on creating teams that can address violent crime head-on within our most vulnerable neighborhoods," Superintendent David O. Brown said in a statement."Our officers will engage directly with residents. We will hear their concerns, and continue to work in partnership with them as part of an all-hands-on-deck effort to curb the violence in our communities."
      Shootings and homicides have increased in recent month in American cities. The violence coincides with the end of Covid-19-related lockdowns, mass protests against racism and police brutality, and summertime, when crime annually increases.President Donald Trump last month announced a US Justice Department effort known as Operation Legend to dispatched federal law enforcement to Chicago and other cities despite resistance from local officials.

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      At Least 32 Shot, 3 Killed So Far In Weekend Gun Violence In Chicago

      CHICAGO (CBS) — At least 32 people had been shot in Chicago this weekend as of Sunday afternoon, and three of them had been killed.

      In one of the incidents, one man was killed and two were injured in a shooting in Englewood early Saturday morning.

      Around 4 a.m. Saturday, three men got into a quarrel, and then shots were fired at 64th and Throop streets, according to Chicago police.

      A 29-year-old man was pronounced dead at St. Bernard Hospital after the shooting, while a 20-year-old man and a 21-year-old man each self-transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center. The younger man was in good condition with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, while the older man was in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the groin and leg.

      It was unclear if the men were fighting with each other or someone else. Witnesses at the scene were not cooperative with police.

      A man was also shot and killed at 2:18 a.m. Saturday in the Hanson Park neighborhood. The man was found lying on the sidewalk in the 2100 block of North Parkside Avenue with gunshot wounds to his head and lower backside, police said.

      The 20-year-old man was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

      Further details were not available, as police said they had no witnesses.

      At 2:59 a.m. Sunday, a man was shot and killed in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 6700 block of South Maplewood Avenue and found the 31-year-old man unresponsive on a porch with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper and lower body, police said.

      The man was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. Police also had no witnesses in that incident and had no further details.

      Two minors have also been among the victims of gun violence in Chicago this weekend. Both have survived.

      At 4:28 a.m. Saturday, a 14-year-old boy walked into Roseland Community Hospital after being shot in the shoulder, Police reported the address of occurrence as the 11500 block of South Yale Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood, but said the boy was uncooperative with police about the circumstances and the specific location where he was shot.

      He was transferred to the U of C’s Comer Children’s Hospital and was in fair condition, police said.

      At 12:45 a.m. Sunday, a 15-year-old girl was shot in the face near Englewood’s Periwinkle Playlot Park near the Dan Ryan Expressway.

      The bullet grazed the girl’s face around 12:45 a.m. when a nearby group of men got into a fight in the 100 block of West 66th Street, and someone started shooting.

      Her family drove her to St. Bernard Hospital, and police said she was in fair condition. Police do not believe the girl was the intended target and are still looking for the shooter.

      There were also two shootings Saturday night within several blocks of each other in Rogers Park. In the first, a 21-year-old man was in an alley behind the 2000 block of West Chase Avenue around 7:36 p.m., when another man got out of a tan Toyota Camry and fired several shots, striking the victim in the back, police said.

      The victim ran to the 7300 block of North Rogers Avenue a short distance away, where he was rushed to AMITA Health St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in fair condition, police said.

      In the second Rogers Park incident at 10:37 p.m., a 39-year-old man was walking on the sidewalk in the 6700 block of North Hermitage Avenue when he heard shots and felt pain. He was taken to St. Francis in good condition with a gunshot wound to the left foot, police said.

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