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43 people were wounded and 13 killed, including a 1-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl, in weekend shootings in Chicago.

One-year-old Sincere Gaston was shot near Halsted and 60th in Englewood around 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Chicago police said a 22-year-old mother was driving home from the laundromat when another car pulled alongside her vehicle and someone inside fired at least seven shots at her.

The woman was grazed by a bullet, but her infant son, who was strapped into his carseat in the back, was shot in the chest.

The frantic mom drove her mortally wounded son to St. Bernard Hospital, where Sincere was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The young mom was transferred to another hospital to treat her injury, but she was reluctant to leave her deceased child behind.

"She didn't even want to go and get her wound taken care because she didn't want to leave where her child was," Pastor Donovan Price told ABC7 News.

"I just want to sit on the curb and cry," added Pastor Price.

Police believe the young mom was targeted by the gunman.

"I don't think it was random because of the amount of times it was fired upon," said Chicago Police Chief of Operations Fred Waller.

Elsewhere in Chicago, a 10-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet in her Logan Square home.

Lina Nunez was sitting on a sofa in her family's apartment about 9:40 p.m. in the 3500 block of West Dickens Avenue when a stray bullet came through a window and struck her in the head, CBS Chicago reports.

"It's unacceptable, it's crazy, it's immoral," said Fr. Michael Pfleger, pastor at St. Sabina Parish in Chicago. "And this whole city should be outraged. We're burying our babies. We're buying our future. We're burying our hope."

The fatal shootings come after 104 people were shot and 13 killed, including a 3-year-old boy, over Father's Day weekend.

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Mekhi James was in his carseat on his way home from getting a haircut when he was shot and killed on Saturday.

A $13,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his killer.

"You can only run for so long until somebody gives us that information or gives us a call," community activist Andrew Holmes said.

"When is this going to stop?" Police Chief Waller asked. "When are we going to say enough is enough?"

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed the ongoing violence on Twitter.com on Saturday.

"As a mother, I am tired of the funerals. I am tired of burying our children," Lightfoot tweeted.

"We all have a role in this fight for the safety of our communities," Lightfoot said. "I ask that anyone with information on these incidents please come forward or submit a tip anonymously at http://cpdtip.com."

The mayor also clapped back at President Trump who compared her city to "living in hell."

The president wrote a letter to Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot criticizing them for their "lack of leadership".

Lightfoot dismissed Trump's letter as a "stunt", saying, "I don't need leadership lessons from Donald Trump."
 

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The mother of a 13-year-old shooting victim in Chicago says the police didn't kill her daughter.

104 people were shot in Chicago over the Father's Day weekend. 13 people died, including Amaria Jones, who has emerged as the face of the carnage.

Amaria was showing her mother, Lawanda Jones, a TikTok dance when a stray bullet passed through a "Chicago Lives Matter" sign and struck her daughter in their home last Saturday.

Jones told a CBS affiliate news station, "I turned around and I was looking for her and she was on the ground reaching out like this, holding her neck. I was like, what?! What?! What?!"

Her daughter's death led Jones to condemn the violence in her city.

"They talk about the police killing - killing our citizens. They're killing each other off," Jones told CBS 2. "Our kids are not safe no more. Period. You can't sit on your porch. You can't even be in your own house. You'll get killed."

Two boys, ages 15 and 16, were also shot during the same drive-by incident in Amaria's home in a middle class neighborhood. They are expected to survive their injuries.

Jones said, "To the other parents whose kids got shot — my heart goes out to them too, because don’t nobody know what it’s like unless you are in these shoes, to lose a child. You might sympathize with us, but you ain’t going to feel the pain until it actually happens."
 

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An 18-year-old has been charged in the "unprovoked" attack on a Macy's store manager in Flint Township, Michigan last weekend.

The Genesee County prosecutor announced the assault charge against Damire Palmer on Friday.

According to prosecutor David Leyton, Palmer assaulted the 50-year-old store manager in an unprovoked attack in the men's clothing department.

The incident happened at a Macy's store in Genesee Valley Center on June 15. The attack was captured on cellphone video by aspiring rapper FT Quay, who uploaded it to Facebook on Jun 15.

Surveillance video shows Palmer walking around the store before punching the manager in the head.

According to FT Quay, Palmer attacked the manager for using the N-word. But Leyton said there is no evidence the manager used a racial slur in the attack.

"This was an unprovoked attack on a Macy's employee," said Prosecutor Leyton. "We don't believe any racial slur was made by the store manager and even if there had been, it does not condone nor justify the assault by Mr. Palmer."

Leyton said there was not enough evidence to support a hate crime charge against Palmer.

"I know a lot of people are calling this a hate crime but, under the laws of Michigan, the evidence simply does not support that charge," he said.

Palmer, who is not yet in police custody, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
 

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A Georgia man is charged with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Haley Hutcheson early Sunday.

William Marcus Wilson turned himself in to police on Wednesday. He was accompanied by his attorney, who said Wilson was protecting his girlfriend when the fatal shot was fired.

The 21-year-old told police he was out with his girlfriend around midnight in Sharpsburg, GA, when they encountered a group of white teens who called them racial

Sharpsburg is located about 40 miles south of Atlanta. Georgia is a Stand Your Ground state.

After Wilson and his girlfriend decided to leave, the teens followed them, driving behind him and screaming racial slurs while playing music from the thriller movie "The Purge."

When the other group tried to drive them off the road, Wilson fired a warning shot, striking Haley Hutcheson, one of the people in the truck, according to a Change.org petition.

Statesboro Police Department later issued a warrant for Wilson's arrest "after detailed investigative work, forensic findings, and tips from civilians," according to The Statesboro Herald.

Wilson is charged with one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault in Hutcheson's shooting death.

"This investigation benefited tremendously from information provided to detectives by persons in the community," Capt. Jared Akins said. "As with most cases, the public's cooperation was a vital element in ensuring a timely resolution to this homicide."

Wilson is currently being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail.

Wilson's family created a petition to call attention to Wilson's case and make sure he receives a fair trial.

Update: Hutcheson's mother, Allison, posted this anguished message on social media.

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Update: Haley's sister, Brianna, commented that Alison is Haley's stepmother, and didn't really know Haley. She also asked why the boys in the truck weren't charged.

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Former Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta cast member Maurice "Mo" Fayne, pictured with ex-girlfriend Karlie Redd, has been indicted by the feds for running a Ponzi scheme that netted over $5 million for his trucking business.

Fayne was indicted on Wednesday by a federal grand jury, Page Six reports. Fayne, of Dacula, Georgia, was arrested on May 11 and charged with defrauding a bank to get over $3 million from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Fayne reportedly told the bank he needed the cash to pay 120 employees of his trucking company. But the feds say the trucking company did not turn a profit.

He allegedly spent over $2 million in coronavirus relief funds on jewelry, a Rolex wristwatch, cars, and child support payments.

Federal agents served a search warrant on Fayne's Dacula home, where they recovered $80,000 in cash, including $9,400 that Fayne had in his pockets, and a 2019 Rolls Royce Wraith with the dealer tag still on it.

In addition to bank fraud, he was charged with running a six-year Ponzi scheme to cover large gambling debts, prosecutors said.

The aspiring rapper allegedly convinced 20 individuals to invest $5 million in his trucking business.

He then transferred the $5 million to a casino to cover his gambling debts and entertainment expenses, including hotel suites.

"Fayne used the investors' money to pay his personal debts and expenses, and to fund an extravagant lifestyle for himself," prosecutors said in a statement.

Fayne is out on bond, according to court records.

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A judge granted bond for Rayshard Brooks' alleged girlfriend, Natalie White, who was arrested for burning down the Wendy's restaurant where Brooks was killed by an Atlanta police officer.

White made her first court appearance Wednesday, wearing a white face mask and blue prison shirt.

A judge granted her bond in the amount of $10,000, but the judge ordered the 29-year-old to wear an ankle monitor while on house arrest because he was concerned White was a danger to the community.

White's attorney, Drew Findling, told Judge Todd Ashley that he's known the White family for 20 years.

He said the family was financially strapped and unable to afford any bond. He asked the judge for a signature bond only.

White is reportedly the girlfriend of Brooks, who was married to Tomika Miller, the mother of 3 of his four children.

White was arrested Tuesday, the same day Brooks was laid to rest in Atlanta.

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Miller is seen with her three children during Brooks' funeral service at historic istoric Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Brooks mentioned a "Natalie White" as his girlfriend in police body cam footage before he died.

"Natalie White, she's my girlfriend," Brooks told the officers.
 

The attorney for White claims she was "close friends" with Brooks, but the attorney for Brooks' family say they are unaware of any connection between them.

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Rayshard Brooks’ girlfriend, Natalie White, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly burning down the Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta where Brooks was fatally shot by police.

White is reportedly the girlfriend of Brooks, who was married to Tomika Miller, the mother of 3 of his four children.

White was arrested Tuesday, the same day Brooks was laid to rest in Atlanta.

Pictures and videos allegedly show White holding an aerosol can which was used to spread the flames.

Brooks mentioned a "Natalie White" as his girlfriend in police body cam footage before he died.

"Natalie White, she's my girlfriend," Brooks told the officers.
 

The attorney for White claims she was "close friends" with Brooks, but the attorney for Brooks' family say they are unaware of any connection between them.

A bond hearing for White is set for today, June 24.

Brooks, 27, was gunned down after stealing a police taser and firing it at a pursuing officer after he ran while resisting a DUI arrest on June 12.

Both officers were fired from the police force and charged in Brooks' death.

A group of about 50 people protested Tuesday night outside the Fulton County Jail demanding White's release. Bloggers are raising money to pay her bond.
 

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Macy's issued a statement defending a white employee who was viciously attacked by a Black man who accused the employee of using the N-word. Macy's says the attack was unprovoked.

The incident happened at a Macy's store in Genesee Valley Center in Flint Township, Michigan.

The video was posted on Facebook Monday, June 15, by aspiring rapper FT Quay, who has since deleted his social media.

In the video, a white man wearing a black face mask is seen being pummeled on the floor by a Black man wearing a black wife beater and sagging pants.

The employee asked, "What are you doing that for?" as the attacker punched him repeatedly. The employee extended his arm to deflect the blows as the assailant tells him not to touch him.

"I didn't touch you... I'm sorry. I'm sorry" the man said.

In a post on Facebook, FT Quay wrote:

"This is not the whole video but Me and bro in the mall n shit and he ask this man [on the phone] did this shirt look [too] little he told him yea and kept talking on the phone then mumbled talking bout sum "no one just sum ni**er" he thought we ain't hear em because his mask was on #blackpower.[sic]"

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The video does not show the employee using the N-word.

Macy's has said it will beef up security at the store.

Flint Township Lt. Brad Wangler confirmed the incident is under investigation. Macy's says it will help law enforcement to identify the attacker through the use of face-recognition technology.
 

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Former NBA star Nick Young, aka "Swaggy P," commented on the fatal shooting of a male-to-female transgender by a Chicago teenager.

Orlando Perez, 18, confessed to shooting 37-year-old Selena Reyes-Hernandez in the head and back on May 31. Perez told police he panicked when he learned Reyes-Hernandez was a biological male.

"Once the offender realized that this victim was actually transgender, the offender became very upset," said Brendan Deenihan, chief of detectives for Chicago police, at a press conference Wednesday. "He left the residence, became more upset, and that's when he came back to the residence."

Perez was charged with murder in the first-degree. He stated he became "distraught" upon learning Reyes-Hernandez was an MtF trans. He confessed to shooting Reyes-Hernandez, then returning to the residence to shoot Reyes-Hernandez in the head and back.

"He thought that was enough so he ran out. But he kept seeing her face, so he went back there to do it again," Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said during Perez's bond hearing on Wednesday.

Perez was ordered held without bail at his bond hearing.

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Among the celebrities commenting on the tragic shooting was Young, who last played for the Denver Nuggets in 2018.

The 35-year-old took to social media to warn other MtF transgenders to be honest with their male hookups.

In a message screencapped by Hollywood Unlocked on Instagram, Young said:

"You never wanna see someone lose [their] life but You gotta let people know B4 hand... (TO ME) this situation always gonna lead to a fight or worse with any straight man you can't just say after y'all hook up and by the way I'm a MAN and pull out some nuts out.......... a man will go crazy."

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An arrest warrant has been issued for Rayshard Brooks' girlfriend, Natalie White, a suspect in the torching of the Wendy's restaurant where Brooks was gunned down by a police officer.

White, 29, was captured on cellphone video allegedly pouring an accelerant into the restaurant before it burned to the ground following peaceful protests on the night of June 13.

White faces charges of arson in the first degree, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department said on Saturday.

Police responded to a call about a man asleep behind the wheel of a car in the Wendy's drive-thru lane.

In police body cam footage, Brooks said White was his girlfriend.

"Natalie White, she's my girlfriend," he told the officers. He explained that she dropped him off at the restaurant and then walked to her home a few blocks away.

He said when police arrived, he backed the car into a parking space but he did not drive the car to the restaurant.

Brooks was shot multiple times as he fled from the police officers who attempted to arrest him for a suspected DUI.

Surveillance video shows Brooks turn and fire the taser at the pursuing officer who shot him twice in the back.

Officer Garrett Rolfe was fired from the police force and charged with 11 criminal counts including felony murder and aggravated assault.

Brooks' wife, Tomika Miller, was gifted with a new car to help her get around with her four children, 13-year-old step-son Mekai, and daughters Blessing, 8, Memory, 2, and Dream, 1.
 

 

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Louisiana rapper Hurricane Chris, real name Christoper Dooley Jr., was charged with second-degree murder in connection with a shooting early Friday, according to KTVE.

Dooley, 31, initially told police he shot an armed man in self-defense at a gas station at 1 a.m., but police later determined he made up the story.

The Shreveport Police Violent Crimes Unit arrested Dooley on Friday morning.

The victim had been shot multiple times and died later at a local hospital. Dooley claimed he shot the man in self-defense after an alleged struggle over a vehicle that he claimed was his.

Officers later viewed surveillance video that captured the shooting.

The footage led detectives to believe Dooley was not in fear for his life when he opened fire.

Dooley was 18 when his first single "A Bay Bay" dropped in 2007. It was also his only hit. The song peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the rap chart.
 

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Three suspects have been charged in the shooting death of 18-year-old college student Na'Kia Crawford in Akron, Ohio.

Crawford was killed in a drive-by shooting while riding in a car with her grandmother on Sunday afternoon. She was shot multiple times while stopped at a traffic light.

Crawford was transported to Summa Akron City Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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Adarus Black, 17, was charged with murder. Jaion Bivens, 18, has been charged with obstructing justice and tampering with evidence, and Janisha George, 24, is charged with obstructing justice. All three are Black.

Bivens agreed to cooperate with police and plans to turn himself in, according to police.

Police say Crawford was "accidentally targeted" by the shooter. "Na'Kia Crawford was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Deputy Chief Jesse Lesser said during a virtual news conference.

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Tensions flared in the city and Crawford's case received national attention after eyewitnesses claimed she was shot by a white man.

A $50,000 reward was offered in exchange for information leading to the arrest of the killer.

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2 years after "That '70s Show" star Danny Masterson was ousted from Netflix's "The Ranch" amid sexual assault allegations, the actor was finally arrested on rape charges.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged Masterson with rape in three separate cases on Wednesday, after four women came forward to accuse him of rape in March 2017.

Masterson, a 44-year-old Scientologist, is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman in 2001, and a 28-year-old woman in 2003. Another 23-year-old woman alleged Masterson raped her after he invited her to his Hollywood Hills home in 2003, according to the Los Angeles prosecutor's office.

Actress Leah Remini was not surprised at the news of his arrest. The former Scientologist said she was relieved that Masterson was finally charged.

"Finally, victims are being heard when it comes to Scientology!" Remini tweeted shortly on Wednesday. "Praise the lord! This is just the beginning Scientology, your days of getting away with it is coming to an end!"

Masterson, who is married, faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in prison if convicted on all charges.

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By now you've seen the horrifying viral video that shows a young Black male bashing a Black woman in her face with a skateboard, knocking her out.

After laying her out, the guy strutted away, while his boys encouraged him.

Don't expect the news media to cover this story. It's just a Black man treating a Black woman like her life doesn't matter.

The video is dark and blurry. But the Internet believe they found the guy. I won't name him. According to web sleuths, the guy is an up-and-coming rapper and a youth counselor (!).

IG bloggers say he savagely hit the woman with his skateboard because she rejected his advances.

I had a long speech written about the lack of protests decrying violence against Black women. But I deleted it.

Not one Black blog or media outlet wrote a post about this video. Not one. And that's a shame.
 

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The reward for female arsonists who torched a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta has been increased to $20,000.

The restaurant was destroyed, leaving about a dozen Wendy's employees jobless.

Atlanta fire officials released images from a surveillance video that shows a woman, who appears to be Caucasian, wearing a black miniskirt with a purple cardigan wrapped around her waist.

The same woman was caught on cellphone video pouring an accelerant inside the Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was gunned down by a former Atlanta police officer on June 12.

Brooks, 27, died from 2 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Police are also searching for another Caucasian woman who was pictured holding a can of accelerant outside the Wendy's restaurant as it was fully engulfed in flames.

Caucasian firebugs have caused millions of dollars worth of damage to property during protests -- while blaming the property damage on Black Lives Matter protesters.