Gov. Pat Quinn said Sunday that such continued violence underscores why he dramatically altered a gun bill that will end Illinois’ last-in-the nation ban on carrying concealed firearms — a prohibition that’s been declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court. “That ought to be an alarm bell to all of us that we need strong laws that protect the public safety, especially when it comes to guns,” the Chicago Democrat told reporters after speaking at a church on the city’s West Side. “It’s time to end the violence.”
One of the shootings on Saturday night proved especially violent, killing a man in his late 40s and wounding six others. A 25-year-old man was shot and killed earlier Saturday outside his home.
Among the wounded are a 7-year-old boy who was shot Thursday night and Jaden Donald, 5, who authorities and relatives said has undergone multiple surgeries since being shot in the abdomen early Friday morning in a park. Police said two men — ages 34 and 28 — also were wounded in that Friday shooting.