The Illinois stay-at-home order, mandating that residents shelter in place amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, has virtually shut down the city of Chicago, but according to the city’s police department, gun violence is still on the rise — some 24% compared to the same time last year. The scourge of the pandemic and violence on top of that is dealing a double blow to the city and in particular its black population, which has been hard-hit by the outbreak of the coronavirus, officials said. And the gun violence appears to be exacerbated in part by people gathering in public despite the stay-at-home order, taxing a police department already stretched thin responding to COVID-19 response calls and dispersing crowds. The department’s chief spokesperson, Anthony Guglielmi, told ABC News on Wednesday that gun violence in Chicago “has been up overall, month over month” since December 2019, and although “the rate of increase was certainly smaller or less than it was attributable to COVID,” the “number of shooting incidents” are still up. Tune into ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News Live at 4 p.m. ET every weekday for special coverage of the novel coronavirus with the full ABC News team, including


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