At least eight people lose their lives and 27 others sustain injuries in several shootings since Friday across Chicago, one of the most dangerous cities to live in the United States.
At least 10 shooting incidents took place in the city on Easter Sunday alone, according to police officials.
In the latest incident, one person was killed and another was injured in the 2800 block of South Sawyer Avenue at around 1 p.m. Sunday.
The victims were a 33-year-old man who was fatally shot in the head and a 19-year-old teenage boy who was shot in the chest. The teenager is said to be in critical condition.
Police say they have found the lifeless bodies of two men with gunshot wounds in a Garfield Ridge home after 5 a.m. Sunday. One of the victims, Javier Acevedo, was Corrections officer at Cook County Department.
Police say the two were killed in a murder-suicide.
Chicago is one of the most dangerous cities in the US with very high gun deaths. An FBI crime statistics, released in late 2013, said the city registered more homicides in 2012 than New York City.
The FBI report said there were 500 murders in Chicago and 419 in New York in 2012. Chicago’s population is one third of that of New York.
The United States has more guns and more gun related deaths than any other developed country in the world, according to a new study by US doctors.
Anti-gun campaigners maintain more than thirty Americans shot dead, and scores more treated for gun-related injuries in hospitals every day.
Critics blame the notoriously liberal gun control laws in the United States for the high rate of gun violence in the country.