Twenty people were shot in Chicago on Friday and early Saturday morning, one of them fatally. Just a week after the city experienced its deadliest weekend in years with 74 shootings, the violence on the South and West sides claimed another young victim, an 18-year-old man shot in the head in a Brighton Park alley on Friday. Throughout the rest of the day and into Saturday, several other teenagers were shot. A 15-year-old boy and his 17-year-old cousin were shot while walking to a store on the city’s West Side. A 12-year-old girl was among several other minors injured in the spate of shootings throughout the city. “Chicago is a scary place to be. Even I’m scared to walk to the corner store,” Genice Hines, the mother of one of the teenage victims, told the Chicago Tribune. The latest flare-up in violence comes as the police department prepares to send an additional 600 officers into the city’s most dangerous districts in a bid to cut down on shootings.
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