It was another day of horror in the United States.
At least 44 people were shot across the Midwestern US city of Chicago on Sunday, US media reported. It says five of the shot persons were killed in a wave of violence police branded “totally unacceptable.”
Chicago Police chief of patrol, Fred Waller, told a press conference on Sunday afternoon that some of the shootings were “targeted” and related to gang conflicts.
“The city of Chicago experienced a violent night. Incidents of either random or targeted shooting on our streets is totally unacceptable,” he said.
Gunmen targeted groups including one gathering of people who had attended a funeral repast, police said, adding that one of the injured victims was an 11-year-old boy.
Chicago experienced a near 20-year record number of murders in 2016, prompting President Donald Trump to regularly single out the city for criticism.
But Waller said so far this year, there has been a reduction in shootings of over 30% in Chicago, while murders are down by 25%.
“That’s not a victory by any means, or any stretch” he said. “But we continue to head in the right direction.”