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Tonya Gunn, 44, was shot and killed in Chicago’s Morgan Park on Monday while attending a family gathering, reports ABC7-Chicago.


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At approximately midnight, Gunn was leaning on a dark, blue van when shots rang out from across the street.

“Everybody was sitting out here and I was sitting over there. And I was getting ready to go in the house. And they started shooting and I heard them screaming. They saying, ‘Somebody call the police!’ But I didn’t know who it was. And then the ambulance came and they took her. They shot her in front of her daughter,” Krystal Scott, Gunn’s cousin, said.

Gunn’s 11-year-old daughter was standing right beside her mother at the time of the shooting and is now in the care of her father.

Over 82 people were shot in Chicago over the Independence Day weekend, 15 of them fatally.

Read more from ABC7-Chicago:

A 24-year-old man was shot and killed around 2:20 a.m. Monday in the 8400-block of South Buffalo Street. Police said the victim was a documented gang member.

In a separate shooting in South Chicago, a gunman opened fire on three people walking near East 80th Street and South Muskegon Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

A 25-year-old man is listed in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. A 19-year-old woman is listed in stable condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center. A 47-year-old man was shot in the ankle and is listed in good condition at Jackson Park Hospital.

While responding to the area, police officers were reportedly fired upon three times. Investigators do not have anyone in custody.

On Sunday night, a man was fatally shot in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.

Just after 9 p.m., 23-year-old Shiquille Salter was shot several times in the chest while standing on the corner in the 300 block of West 116th Street, police said.

Salter, who lived in the same block where he was shot, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead at 9:54 p.m., authorities said.

One man was killed and another was wounded during a shooting Sunday night in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

Read complete list of fatalities here.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. released the following statement in response to the horrific violence via his Facebook page:

 “No Plan for Reconstruction for Chicago”
Statement By Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Monday, July 7, 2014.

In Chicago there are zones of terror and deprivation. Deprivation of an underclass that leads to terror in a city facing an undeclared emergency that should be declared a “state of emergency.” This “state of emergency” requires remedy and resources. It requires social and economic reconstruction, not just the emptying of guns and the filling of jails.

The police blotter can show us where the disaster zones are. They are the areas with the most foreclosed houses, the most vacant lots, the least education, the least access to health care, the least hospital emergency access and the most unemployed. Fifty schools closed, 50 drug stores closed, 73 grocery stores closed. These are the desert zones driven by a sub-economy featuring drugs-in, guns-in and jobs-out.

There have been 207 homicides in Chicago in 2014, including 173 killed and 1,029 wounded by guns – 118 wounded by gunfire from January to May, 230 shot in May, 250 shot in June, and 17 killed and 77 wounded by gunfire so far in July. In just four days, over the July 4 holidays, there were 14 killed and 65 wounded by gunfire.

The painful fact is we know where the drugs are coming from and where the jobs are going. There is no urban plan for reconstruction.

We have a plan for reconstruction in Iraq, Afghanistan and other dangerous zones, but there is no plan for reconstruction in our hometown of Chicago! In the meantime, we live in horror until next Monday’s body count. We deserve better.
Stop the violence. Save the children. Love you guys.

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