Six people died and at least 29 others have been wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago.
The victims were aged between 13 and 64 years old. A shooting early on Saturday in the city’s North Lawndale neighborhood killed one man and wounded four others.
One of the men who survived was reported to be in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his head and neck, while the other three were in good condition.
On Saturday night, three people, including two women, were shot on Chicago’s South Side when gunfire rang out from an alley at a group of people.
The shootings are the latest in a series of gun violence that has plagued the Illinois city that has faced a spike in crime in recent months – up 38 percent from last year.
Another fatal shooting occurred early on Saturday morning after two men got into an altercation in Chicago Lawn that saw a 49-year-old man shot in the chest around 1:45am. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man who opened fire has not been identified.
A third fatal shooting occurred in the early hours of Saturday, where one man was killed and another was seriously injured in Auburn Gresham on the South Side.
A suspect opened fire on a group of people who were gathered on the street outside.
One man, aged 40, died in the hospital, while a 41-year-old man was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The violence continued when later on Saturday afternoon, a 64-year-old man was shot in the chest and critically wounded by someone he knew on the city’s Northwest Side in the Forest Glen neighborhood about 12:25pm.
A 29-year-old man was found shot in the head inside an overturned vehicle about 1:25am in the city’s Little Village neighborhood early on Sunday.
A man was found shot in the head inside an overturned vehicle around 1:25am Sunday in the city’s Little Village neighborhood.
He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition but was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.
In a non-fatal shooting, a 13-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet as he rode his mouth on Saturday evening in South Shore.
Around 5pm, someone in a red Hyundai fired shots at the teenager. He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition.
At roughly 11:30pm Sunday, a group of people were standing on the sidewalk when a suspect fired shots from an alley across the street. Three people were hit.
A male suspect was shot in the leg, and a 39-year-old woman was shot twice in the right thigh. Both were taken to University of Chicago Medical center.
Police investigate one of nine crime scenes across Chicago where shootings occurred this weekend
There were also shootings late Friday, including a woman in her 30s was shot in the leg and she took herself to Mount Sinai Hospital.
A 16-year-old boy was pronounced dead at a hospital after being shot multiple times on Friday night, also on the city’s South Side, in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.
A 40-year-old man died in the Loop area on Friday evening after being shot. The man had been hit in the abdomen when he ran into a nearby hotel lobby in search of safety.
Since Friday, Chicago police responded to at least nine separate shooting scenes.
Last weekend, 40 people were shot, four fatally, across Chicago, according to WLS-TV.
Crime remains a huge problem for the Windy City, with a shocking rise of 38 percent in offenses from last year’s already high numbers
Chicago has led the nation for the 11th straight year with the highest number of homicides of any US city, according to a report published this year.
There have been 331 murders in Chicago so far this year with more than 1,300 shootings.
The city had 697 total homicides in 2022, higher than Philadelphia (516), New York City (438), Houston (435), and Los Angeles (382).
The last time Chicago had fewer than 400 homicides was in 1965.
Crime remains a huge problem for the Windy City, with a shocking rise of 38 percent in offenses from last year’s already high numbers.
As crime continued to soar through the last years of her term, former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was heavily criticized for promoting matters other than public safety, including a citywide karaoke contest and dancing in the street during a festival.
Lightfoot initially faced intense backlash after she called to cut the budget of police departments in 2021, a movement that also resulted in officers quitting the force and violent crime to spike further.
In an attempt to rebound from this decision, the former mayor decided to ‘refund the police’ and hire more officers, but the move did little to reduce crime.
Nearly all crime increased in Chicago since the same time in 2022: robberies are up 16 percent, with aggravated battery and burglaries both up 4 and 2 percent, respectively.
Theft in the windy city is up 14 percent, and vehicle thefts, specifically, have soared up 126 percent.