An 81-year-old grandmother was set to bid farewell to her daughter at her funeral Saturday. Instead, Iola Burress nearly became a casualty herself when she was among 36 people injured in shootings across the city this weekend, according to CBS Chicago.
Burress was listed in critical but stable condition at Advocate Christ Hospital after the shooting outside her home Friday afternoon in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the city’s embattled South Side, the report says. She was struck four times, including in the stomach, and was expected to have surgery this weekend.
Burress was scheduled to attend the funeral of her daughter, Laverne Burress, 60, who died of natural causes, notes the television news outlet. She was returning home from her daughter’s wake when the shooting occurred. Police have not indicated a motive in what appears to be a driveby shooting, reports say.
Burress became the latest symbol of despair in a city known for its violence, which tends to rise in the summer. She was among at least 36 people wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and early Sunday, the report says. One man died about midnight Saturday after he was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at 1:20 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office, the report says.
Source: The Root | LYNETTE HOLLOWAY