At least two of the homicide victims were teenagers.
Seven people have died and at least 42 others wounded in Chicago gun violence this weekend, per the Chicago Sun-Times.
Four people were killed Saturday: two in Austin on the West Side of the city and two on the South Side of the city. Two were killed Sunday, and another died Friday night in the Burnside neighborhood on the South Side. They were all males, the youngest being 17 years old and the oldest being 66.
The numbers don’t include two fatal stabbing of females this weekend. A 5-year-old girl was stabbed to death Saturday morning in East Garfield Park, according to police, who arrested a potential suspect. Early Sunday, a woman in her 20s with stab wounds was pulled from the North Branch of the Chicago River.
(per the Chicago Sun-Times)
Five other teenagers have been wounded in citywide shootings so far over the weekend, in addition to the two who were fatally shot.
A 15-year-old boy who was shot in South Shore was the weekend’s latest teen victim.
He was outside about 5 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up on him in the 7000 block of South Kingston Avenue and opened fire, Chicago police said. The teen was struck in the leg and taken to South Shore Hospital, where he was in good condition.
Earlier in the afternoon, two 14-year-old boys were shot in West Pullman.
Someone in a dark vehicle fired shots at the teens about 3:45 p.m. as they walked in the first block of East 123rd Street, Chicago police said. One boy was struck in the thigh, while the other was struck in the arm. Both were taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where they were stabilized.
A 17-year-old boy was critically wounded in a drive-by Sunday morning in Englewood on the South Side.
About 2:10 a.m., he was standing in an alley in the 1300 block of West 64th Street when someone inside a passing silver-colored sedan fired shots at him, Chicago police said.
He was struck in the right arm and back, and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, police said.
On Saturday, another 17-year-old boy was among two people who were shot in Bridgeport on the South Side.
A male suspect fired shots about 9:05 p.m. in the 3200 block of South Morgan Street, Chicago police said.
The teen was struck in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital in fair condition, police said. A 36-year-old man showed up to the hospital later in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
At least 35 other people were shot between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.
Last weekend, 10 people were killed and 35 others were injured by gunfire in Chicago.
Shootings up 50% from last year
Overall, shootings and murders are up 50% compared to last year, according to Chicago Police Department statistics. Through Sept. 20, police have recorded 560 murders in 2020 compared to 374 murders during the same time in 2019.
Murders this year are already higher than they were during the same time frame in 2016 — Chicago’s most violent year in recent memory.
The city has seen more than 2,300 shootings in 2020 compared to about 1,500 over the same time in 2019, according to the statistics.
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