More Than 60 Shot Over Fourth of July Weekend
At least seven people have been killed over the long weekend
A weekend of family fun ends in a hail of bullets on the south side.
Violence in Chicago continued over the Fourth of July weekend with at least 11 people shot in roughly four hours Sunday afternoon, bringing the total number of people shot since the holiday weekend began to 67.
At least 11 people were killed over the long weekend.
Most recently, a 21-year-old man was killed and a 19-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the 5200 block of West Lake Street around 5:40 p.m. Sunday. Police said the two were sitting in a car when someone approached their vehicle and opened fire before fleeing on foot. The 21-year-old man was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The 19-year-old man was shot in the upper right thigh and was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition.
Earlier Sunday, a 20-year-old man was shot sitting in a vehicle around 12:20 a.m. near Montrose Avenue and Malden Street in the city’s Uptown neighborhood when a man walked up and fired shots.
The 20-year-old was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center with gunshot wounds to his back and he was later pronounced dead.
Police responding to a call of a person shot around 7:30 p.m. Saturday found an 18-year-old man unresponsive in the street in the 6500 block of South Seeley Avenue. The teen suffered wounds to his upper torso and neck and was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead, police said.
Chicago Police fatally shot a 16-year-old boy in the city’s Gresham neighborhood around 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the 8700 block of South Sangamon Avenue.
Officers responding to a call of shots fired in the area said they saw someone fitting the shooter’s description holding a gun, according to a statement from Chicago police.
The offender turned and pointed his weapon in the direction of pursuing officers who then fired at him, police said.
The teen was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 30-year-old man who was shot while standing in a parking lot at 63rd Street and Austin Avenue has died, officials said.
Joel Bentley was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center following the shooting but was later pronounced dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
In a second fatal police-involved shooting, a man was shot by officers in the Portage Park neighborhood late Friday night.
Police said officers approached the man just before 10 p.m. in the 3800 block of North Cicero Avenue when they saw “an object protruding from his waistband” and tried to stop him. The man fled the scene and pointed a “large revolver” at pursuing officers, according to a statement from Chicago police.
Police then fired shots, fatally striking the man.
According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, the man is believed to be in his late teens or early 20s.
At least two others have been killed in shootings since Thursday.
The first homicide took place shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday in the 3800 block of West Monroe Street when two women were shot in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side.
One woman, 21, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The second person, also 21, was shot in the arm, police said.
On Friday, a man was killed and another man was wounded in a shooting at a strip mall at 63rd Street and Damen Avenue.
Police said the men were standing outside a building when a black vehicle pulled up and someone inside the vehicle opened fire, striking both men.
A 34-year-old man was taken to Holy Cross Hospital and later pronounced dead. A 35-year-old man was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.
Area South detectives are investigating the shooting, police said.
At least 13 others were shot Sunday.
- Two people were critically wounded in the shooting just after 3 a.m. on the city’s North Side. Two men were walking in the 3700 block of North Lake Shore Drive when they were approached by a group of men and women who asked them about their gang affiliations, police said. One man in the group then fired at the two victims. A 23-year-old man was shot in the left thigh, shoulder and back and a 28-year-old man was shot in the arm, armpit and chest. Both men were taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition.
- A 25-year-old man was shot around 4:45 a.m. in the 9600 block of South Vincennes Avenue about 4:45 a.m. Police said the man was on the sidewalk when he was approached by two men who opened fire at him. He was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital with a wound to the right shoulder.
- Around the same time, a 26-year-old man was shot in the left shoulder in the 2600 block of West 39th Place. The man was listed in stable condition at an area hospital. Details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.
- A 66-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to the head while sitting outside her South Side home Sunday afternoon. The woman told police she was sitting on her porch in the 13100 block of South Forrestville Avenue around 2:35 p.m. when she saw a man in his 20s bend down and stand up with a gun. Police said the man then opened fire in the area and as the woman attempted to run into her home she suffered a graze wound to the head. She was taken to Roseland Community Hospital in stable condition.
- Two people were shot in the 13000 block of South Prairie Avenue just before 4 p.m. Sunday. A 43-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and a 23-year-old woman was shot in the left arm. Both were transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition. Police said the shooting appears to be domestic-related.
- A 19-year-old man was shot around 4:30 p.m. in the 8500 block of South Exchange Avenue. The teen was shot in the right leg and listed in stable condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.
- Around the same time, a 31-year-old man was shot in the foot in a possible drive-by near 110th Street and Normal Avenue.
- Less than 5 minutes later, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the 5600 block of South Wabash Avenue. The teen was standing on a porch when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital with a graze wound to the head.
- Just before 6 p.m., a 26-year-old man shot while sitting on a porch in the 8300 block of South Wood Street. The man suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body after he told officers to offenders approached from an alley and fired shots at him.
- Around 6 p.m. a man, whose age was not immediately known, was shot in the chest and back in the 7200 block of South Cornell Avenue. The man was taken by someone to Jackson Park Hospital where he was listed in critical condition, according to authorities. He was later transported to Stroger Hospital for treatment.
- A 21-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the knee just before 6:30 p.m. in 1500 block of North Mason Avenue. The man was taken to Loretto Hospital in good condition. Police did not have details surrounding the shooting but said someone was in custody.