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Three-year-old boy among 42 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

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CHICAGO - Five people were killed and at least 42 were wounded - including a 3-year-old boy - by gun violence in Chicago over the weekend, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Authorities said the 3-year-old was accidentally shot in the head Friday around 7:30 p.m. after he or a sibling discharged the gun at a home on the city's west side, according to the paper. The child was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

The child's father, 26-year-old James Jenkins, was charged Sunday with a felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a parolee, prosecutors said. He was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

The Sun-Times reports the most recent fatal shooting occurred Sunday afternoon in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, when police said 14-year-old Marcus McCarty was approached by two males at about 2:52 p.m. One of the males was armed and allegedly fired shots at the boy, hitting him in the back. Police said the two suspects then fled the scene in a dark Infiniti. McCarty was pronounced dead at a hospital an hour later.

A few hours earlier, another teenager was shot to death in the city's Little Village neighborhood, according to the paper. Sixteen-year-old Victor Martinon was talking to friends on a sidewalk just before 6 a.m. when officers said two people walked up to him, shouting gang slogans. The people opened fire, hitting Martinon twice in the chest.

Three other men were also fatally shot over the weekend, reports the Sun-Times. Dozens more were injured in gun-related incidents since 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

  • Crimesider Staff

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