Authorities have now launched investigations into the violent deaths of at least 5 people. Saturday proved to be a deadly day in Chicago, one which left 5 people killed and at least 5 others injured, according to a Jan. 26 report from NBC Chicago.
The first murder on Saturday occurred around 2:15 a.m. in which one person died and another was injured, Police Officer Daniel O'Brien said. The incident happened on the west side of the city when a man opened fire on two individuals who were sitting in a parked car.
The victim from the first fatality was later identified as Ronnie Chambers, 34, and he was the fourth son of his mother, Shirley, who had previously lost her other three children due to gun-related violence.
A few hours later, three men were shot near a restaurant in a south side neighborhood, killing two of them and wounding the other.
During the third incident that happened Saturday afternoon, a teenager and a man in his 30's were both shot to death and their bodies were discovered lying in the street.
Police are searching for suspects, however, no one has been taken into custody for either of the killings.
Newly collected data in an interactive project conducted by Slate.com says the number of deaths by gun violence in the U.S. reached more than 1,243 people, after the slaughter in Newton on December 14, which killed 27 people, including 20 children.
Gun control has become a controversial issue between supporters and opponents of the right to bear arms in the US. The 5 killed in Chicago due to gun violence will undoubtedly add fuel to the fire, the fire being the gun control debate.
Recently, there have been a growing number of marches for the demand for greater control of firearms, the last one took place on Saturday in the capital, Washington D.C.