CHICAGO — Chicago police announced a new gun investigation team after at least 56 people were shot, 11 fatally, in weekend violence. Eight children and teenagers are among the injured, according to police.
According to police, four teen girls were struck by gunfire from an SUV Saturday night in Austin neighborhood. Their injuries are not life-threatening.
In Auburn Gresham, a man and an 8-year-old boy were shot and wounded early Sunday morning while riding in a car. They are expected to be OK.
In the most recent shootings, six people were shot overnight in separate incidents, with three people dying from their injuries.
In an effort to combat crime, Supt. Brown announced Monday the launch of the gun investigations team. It will be comprised of 50 officers who will be targeting straw purchasers trafficking illegal guns throughout the area.
A $1 million fund will support the team to encourage more tips to police.
“Someone knows whose being paid as a third party to purchase guns for a violent person in this city that would do a drive-by shooting on young people celebrating a graduation,” Brown said.
So far in 2021, Chicago police said they have recovered approximately 6,600 illegal guns — a 26 percent increase from last year.
The new gun investigations team will also target people with revoked FOID card and will work side-by-side with the ATF and the U.S. attorney’s office to pursue federal charges.
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Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip at cpdtip.com.