Chicago Shootings: 6 Dead, 36 Wounded In Weekend Gun Violence

At least six people were killed and 36 others wounded in shootings over one of Chicago's most violent weekends in recent weeks.

The shootings took place between late Friday and early Sunday and impacted victims as young as a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the back in the 3900 block of South King Drive at 9:30 p.m. Saturday evening, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The boy is in stable condition.

Alonzo Powell, 18, was among those fatally shot over the weekend. Powell was found with a gunshot wound in the head around 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the city's South Austin neighborhood and pronounced dead shortly thereafter at Mount Sinai Hospital, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Two other 18-year-olds were shot on the same block where Powell was shot around 11:35 p.m. Friday, according to the Tribune.

Gun violence in Chicago was the subject of a recent segment on HuffPost Live, which featured a panel of activists and journalists including Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church addressing the Windy City's violent summer.

As of the end of July, homicides in the city were up about 27 percent. Through the first quarter of the year, murders had spiked as high as 60 percent over 2011.

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