Chicago weekend shootings: At least 103 people shot, 19 fatally, during gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend, CPD says

CHICAGO (WLS) — Since Wednesday night, during the July 4 weekend, at least 103 people have been shot, 19 of them fatally, by gun violence in Chicago, police said.

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Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and Police Chief Larry Snelling held a press conference Monday morning to address the violence.

“I stand here today with a broken heart,” said Mayor Johnson. “Over a hundred people have been shot in this city. Nineteen people have been murdered this holiday weekend. These are not just numbers on pages. These are not just headlines. No. These are our fellow Chicagoans. Our neighbors, our family members who have lost their lives. These are 19 families whose lives have been changed forever. Nineteen families who woke up this morning without a son, without a daughter, without a mother, without a father, without an aunt, without an uncle. Over 100 people whose lives will never be the same.”

According to Chicago police, more than 100 people have been shot over the Fourth of July weekend, starting Wednesday night.

Mayor Johnson said they are working to hold all criminals accountable.

“There will be consequences for violence,” he said. “We will not allow criminal activity to ruin and harm our city.”

Two people were shot, one fatally, around 11:51 p.m. in the 700 block of East 89th Place.

Minutes earlier, someone had been shot and killed in the 200 block of North Central Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood.

The University of Chicago issued a safety alert Sunday morning after three men were shot on a sidewalk outside the adult hospital’s emergency room just after 5 a.m. Witnesses reported the shots were fired from a dark-colored SUV traveling south on Cottage Grove Road, away from the medical center, UCPD said. It’s not clear if any of the victims are in any way affiliated with the university.

A man was killed in a shooting in South Shore on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old was walking on the railroad tracks near 1700 East 71st Street around 8:50 p.m. when two people approached him and fired shots, Chicago police said.

The man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died, police said.

No arrests have been reported.

Hours later, a drive-by shooting occurred on the South Side, leaving a man dead and a woman injured, police said.

According to police, the shooting happened in the 100 block of East 21st Street in the South Loop neighborhood just before 11:15 p.m.

A 26-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were walking on the sidewalk when a white SUV pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said.

Police said the man, who was shot multiple times in the body, was taken to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead.

The woman, who was shot in the leg, was taken to the same hospital in good condition.

“I was walking my dog ​​across from the Marriott,” said South Loop resident Tara Sonneberg. “I heard at least 15 gunshots.”

Shell casings were strewn across the street. The shots shattered the front door of an apartment building and it was a terrifying predicament for two women who were sitting in this parked vehicle and were about to drive away when they saw two men running from behind.

“One of them was wearing a brown sweater and a ski mask, and when I saw them pull the gun, I just rolled up my window and we ducked. I just saw them shooting,” a witness told ABC7.

No one has been arrested and Area 3 detectives are investigating.

Police have not yet released any further information about the shooting.

On Friday night, many people struggled with the lasting impact that gun violence can have on a community.

The violence includes three mass shootings, in one case where two women and an 8-year-old boy were killed and two young boys were left in critical condition after multiple gunmen opened fire at a home in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side.

At least 19 of the victims were killed in mass shootings in Austin, Greater Grand Crossing and Little Italy.

At about 12:15 a.m. Friday morning, police responded to reports of gunfire and found eight people wounded in the 1300 block of West Hastings Street, Chicago police said. The two shooters had fled the scene.

Two women, 74 and 31, were shot in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital, where they were in fair condition, police said.

Two men, 28 and 23, were also shot in the leg and were taken to Stroger in fair condition.

Another man, 36, was shot in the groin and was taken to Stroger in fair condition, authorities said.

An 18-year-old woman suffered a graze to her head and was also taken to Stroger, where she is in good condition, authorities said.

We express our sincere condolences to the affected families and communities.

Two women, 18 and 19, were also injured and refused medical attention, police said.

Erica Pinkerton says she grew up with the 74-year-old woman who was shot and injured, and she’s tired of the violence.

“They don’t bother anyone. They’re the sweetest ladies you’ll ever want to meet,” Pinkerton said. “We don’t know how to enjoy each other, because we’re so bitter and cold inside, toward each other and toward ourselves.”

Last year, 18 people were shot and two were killed on the Fourth of July holiday. Pinkerton described the day in two words.

“It’s the day of the murder…” she said.

Vaughn Bryant is the executive director of Metropolitan Peace Initiatives, a group of 15 community organizations focused on reducing gun violence. He said his team helped close down 31st Street Beach over the holidays for safety.

“When you grow up in an environment where there’s trauma, you don’t resolve your conflicts in an adaptive way and you use tools that can be extreme, for what are ultimately our little conflicts that don’t have to cost people their lives,” Bryant said. “It’s our city and everything that happens in our city as citizens is our responsibility. … You can’t complain that you don’t have businesses or things going on if we don’t keep it safe in the areas where those businesses can thrive.”

Some people feel that not enough is being done to stop the violence.

“They need to stop the guns. You know?” Austin resident Raul Perez said. “You can’t go out at night. You know, you’re afraid to go out at night because you’re going to get shot or something.”

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson responded to the violence in a statement, saying in part: “We extend our sincere condolences to the families and communities affected.”

Johnson said an emergency response center will be open at Fosco Park on Racine Avenue on Tuesday, July 9 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. to support the community.

Less than two hours after the Little Italy shooting, one person was killed and six people were injured in the South Austin neighborhood, police said.

According to the CPD, officers responded to a report of a person shot at 1:45 a.m. Friday morning in the 100 block of South Menard Avenue and found multiple victims.

They were injured when two people started shooting at each other, police said.

Police later said a 40-year-old man who had been shot in the buttocks was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An 18-year-old woman was shot in the leg and was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in good condition.

A 23-year-old man was shot in the leg and was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in good condition.

A 23-year-old man was shot in the hip and was taken to Loyola Hospital in good condition.

A 20-year-old woman was shot in the back and was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

A 25-year-old man was shot in the arm and taken to Mount Sinai in fair condition.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the back and was taken to Stroger in good condition.

The alleged shooters fled. No one has been arrested.

It was not immediately clear what preceded the shooting. Area Four detectives are investigating.

Minutes later, a 16-year-old girl was shot and critically wounded early Friday at a North Lawndale apartment complex on the city’s West Side. Around 1:40 a.m., she was in the 1200 block of South Central Park Avenue when someone shot her in the head, police said.

Early Friday morning, around 7:05 a.m., a man and a woman were found shot to death in the 3400 block of East 87th Street, police said. They were dead at the scene.

Two women, 59 and 29, were shot around 11:50 p.m. Thursday in the 900 block of North Leclaire Avenue, police said. The older woman was shot in the hip and head and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she later died, police said. The younger woman was shot in the torso and also was taken to Stroger, where she was in fair condition, officials said.

Around the same time, a 35-year-old man was in an altercation with a gunman in the 6000 block of South Winchester Avenue when the gunman shot him multiple times, police said. The 35-year-old was taken to Saint Bernard Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Less than an hour earlier, a 30-year-old man was standing in a crowd in the 8400 block of South Kerfoot Avenue when he was shot in the torso, police said. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died, police and the Cook County coroner’s office said.

Hours later, around 2:10 a.m. Friday, officers responded to reports of a person shot in the 1200 block of West Washburne Avenue and found a 43-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds to his body, officials said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

A 34-year-old man was shot in the neck around 1 a.m. Thursday in the 6200 block of South Laflin Street. He was taken to the University of Chicago, where he died, police said.

A man was found shot to death Thursday afternoon in Roseland on the South Side. Officers responding to a ShotSpotter call found the man, whose age was unknown, unresponsive in the 9300 block of South Lafayette Avenue around 2:10 p.m., police said. He was shot in the chest and flank and was taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Opening of emergency aid center to support victims of violence

An emergency aid centre will open on Tuesday to support people affected by violence over the long weekend.

That will be in Fosco Park on Racine Avenue in Little Italy.

It is open from 3:30pm to 7pm.

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The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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