Nearly 52 people were shot in Chicago this past Memorial Day weekend. Victims range in age from just 15-years-old to 52. Six people were killed in the violence, the other 47 had to go to the hospital with a variety of gunshot wounds.
This year is still less deadly than last year, where 71 people were shot over the holiday weekend, and even in 2015, when 55 people were shot.
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) sent out 1,300 additional police officers to try and stop the violence in the city. Police ended up arresting 77 people, and confiscating 10 illegal guns.
“Our focus this year was increased visibility, first and foremost, and really trying to prevent problems before they started, so proactive targeted enforcement,” CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. “Our objective was to get them off the streets, so there wouldn’t be conflicts over the weekends.”
NBC Chicago reports:
Six people have been killed, including a 15-year-old boy, and at least 44 other people have been wounded in Chicago shootings throughout the Memorial Day weekend.
The shootings happened between 6 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Tuesday, with a late surge of violence leaving 13 people shot in less than four hours Monday night.
The most recent fatal shooting happened around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday.
A 21-year-old man was inside a vehicle when someone fire shots at the car, striking the man multiple times, once in the back and through his heart, police said. The man was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he was pronounced dead.
The shooting marked the first fatality since about 9:50 p.m. Sunday, when a 17-year-old boy was shot dead and two other people wounded in the South Side Englewood neighborhood. Two 17-year-old boys and a 20-year-old man were standing in the street in the 6900 block of South Harvard when a male approached them and opened fire, according to Chicago Police. One of the teenage boys was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately release his identity. The other teenage boy was shot in the left shoulder and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and the 20-year-old man went to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Both of their conditions had stabilized.
About four hours earlier, an 18-year-old man was shot to death in the Longwood Manor neighborhood on the South Side. He was shot in the head about 5:40 p.m. in the 9800 block of South Wallace and pronounced dead at the scene, police and the medical examiner’s office said. His identity has not been released. Witnesses told police that an unknown male fired multiple shots at the man.
A 52-year-old man was killed in a domestic-related shooting at 1:32 p.m. Sunday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. Oscar L. Clay got into an argument with a 27-year-old man in the 1700 block of North Narragansett when the younger man pulled out a handgun and shot him, authorities said. Clay was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:45 p.m. The shooter is not in custody.
Earlier Sunday, two people were found shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood. Tiara Goodman, 25, and a 32-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, were found about 10:50 a.m. in the hallway of an apartment building in the 2900 block of South State, near the Dearborn Homes housing project, authorities said. Both had been shot in the head and were pronounced dead at the scene. A gun was recovered at the scene.
The 15-year-old boy was killed about 6:30 p.m. Sunday in a Lawndale neighborhood drive-by shooting that also left a 16-year-old girl wounded on the Southwest Side. The two teenagers were in a gangway in the 1600 block of South St. Louis when someone fired shots at them from a passing gray vehicle, authorities said. The boy was shot in the back and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died. His name has not yet been released. The girl suffered a graze wound to the back and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.
Two men were wounded in a drive-by shooting at 1:24 a.m. Monday outside a BP gas station in the Archer Heights neighborhood on the Southwest Side. The men, ages 21 and 22, were driving south in the 4500 block of South Pulaski when someone in a dark-colored SUV fired shots in their direction, police said. The younger man was shot in the right knee, while the older man suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg. They were both taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where their conditions were stabilized.
“This is sad, man,” said the 37-year-old cashier at the gas station, who asked to remain anonymous. “I’m sick of seeing this s–t. I wish it would just end already, this violence is not necessary.”
Source: 6 Killed, 44 Wounded in Memorial Day Weekend Shootings | NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/violence-shootings-chicago-memorial-day-weekend-2017-425106934.html#ixzz4ilUNtubb
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