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Chicago Father's Day weekend marred by violence: Police release photos of 1 suspect; 61 shot, 9 fatally
CHICAGO (WLS) -- As of Sunday morning, 61 people were shot, 9 fatally, across Chicago during Father's Day weekend.
Four minors, including a 3-year-old boy, were among the victims who were killed, police said.
Sunday afternoon, police officials held a press conference where they urged the public to come forward with any information about the weekend's violence.
Police released photos Sunday afternoon of one suspect, who police believe is armed with a handgun.
Jasean Francis, 17, and the 16-year-old were in an alley about 5:10 p.m. in the 7900-block of South Luella Avenue when the male suspect approached them and fired shots, authorities said. They were coming home from the neighborhood store.
"These kids are not criminals, they are not gang members, they get gunned down for no reason at all," Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said.
Francis was shot in the back, chest and hand, while the 16-year-old was shot in the back and side. Both were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where they died.
The suspect fled south in the alley near 7925 S. Luella Ave. shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday.
The suspect was seen wearing one shoe on his left foot, and a black sock on his injured right foot, police said. He has a heavy limp.
Police have urged anyone with information about the incident to call Area South Detectives at (312) 747-8271.
Police seeking to identify suspect wanted for a double homicide.
A teenage girl and a 3-year-old are also among the dead.
A 27-year-old man was driving his 3-year-old son, Mekhi James, in the 600-block of North Central Avenue when a blue Honda pulled up and fired into their car just before 6:30 Saturday night, according to police.
Police said the man was only grazed, but the 3-year-old was hit in the back and later died.
The father drove the boy to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, police said, but the boy was pronounced dead shortly after arriving. The father was also treated for a graze wound to the abdomen.
Chicago faith leaders are offering a reward nearing $10,000 in the case.
"We want to say to the shooter and to those around him, 'you will have no safe harbor in this neighborhood,'" Rev. Marshall Hatch said.
Chicago police Superintendent David Brown emphasized the need to hold the individuals who perpetrated this weekend's acts accountable during a press conference Sunday afternoon.
"We need to do more than just cry; let's keep violent offenders in jail longer. Let's revamp the home monitoring system; it's not working," Brown said.
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