Leroy N. Soetoro
2017-07-02 20:41:54 UTC
CHICAGO -- At least 18 people were shot across Chicago, two of them
fatally, in the first night of Fourth of July weekend violence, nearly
doubling the carnage that kicked off the holiday last year.
Ten people were shot to open the long weekend in 2016, and it ended with
66 people shot - a total that actually stoked cautious optimism with the
lowest death toll for the July 4 weekend in nearly a decade.
On Saturday, Chicago police touted a 14 percent decline in shootings this
year compared to the first six months of 2016, and they hope to tamp down
the holiday weekend violence with the help of a new gun violence strike
force that includes ATF agents.
At least 1,758 people have been shot in the city this year, 309 of them
fatally, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
The latest killings happened about 8:45 p.m. on Friday in Englewood on the
South Side. Two men, ages 30 and 50, were on a porch in the 5700-block of
South Wells when two gunmen walked up and opened fire. Both were shot in
the legs and chest. The older man died at the scene, and the younger died
at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to police, who on Saturday
morning were questioning two possible suspects.
In the most recent shooting, a gunman opened fire on a 23-year-old woman
and a 28-year-old man at a West Side party about 5 a.m. on Saturday in the
2700-block of West Washington. She was shot in the leg, and he was hit in
the thigh, foot and arm, police said. They were in good condition at
A little over two hours before that, a 13-year-old boy was shot in the
buttocks in Gage Park's 5500-block of South Talman, police said. He was
taken to Comer Children's Hospital.
Thirteen more people were wounded in separate shootings between 4:15 p.m.
Friday and 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2017.)
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