Chicago Faces Second-Most Violent Weekend of 2015 with 8 People Dead

© Brian Nguyen/Chicago Tribune/TNS Police investigate near the 4400 block of South Greenwood Avenue where a 14-year-old boy was killed and a 15-year-old boy wounded on Sept. 19, 2015 in Chicago.
© Brian Nguyen/Chicago Tribune/TNS Police investigate near the 4400 block of South Greenwood Avenue where a 14-year-old boy was killed and a 15-year-old boy wounded on Sept. 19, 2015 in Chicago.

Eight people were killed and at least 45 people were wounded in shootings between Friday evening and early Monday, making it the second most violent weekend in Chicago this year.

According to an analysis of Chicago Tribune data on city shootings and homicides, the only weekend of 2015 that was worse was July 3-6, when 57 people were shot, seven fatally.

When compared to non-holiday weekends, this past weekend, with 53 people shot, was the worst. The only others with the total number of gunshot victims reaching 50 was Aug. 8-10 with 51 and Aug. 21-24 with 50. Three of the worst weekends of the year have been in the last two months.

Since March, the number of gunshot victims has reached double digits every single weekend, according to the data. Since April 10-13, the number of gunshot victims has always been 25 or more.

Adding to the weekend’s woe was one additional killing – a 25-year-old man was found fatally stabbed at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the 3500 block of West 24th Street in the city’s Little Village neighborhood.

This weekend’s shootings bring the year’s total to at least 2,213, according to an analysis of a Chicago Tribune database. That’s an increase of more than 350 over last year and more than 500 over 2013, according to Tribune data.

There were at least 365 homicide victims in Chicago through Monday morning this year, 53 more than last year and 38 more than 2013, according to a Tribune database on homicides.

The most violent stretch this weekend occurred late Saturday morning into Sunday when five people were killed and 18 were wounded, including a 14-year-old boy who was shot to death Saturday evening in the North Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side.

At least 16 people were shot Friday night into early Saturday, and 14 people were shot late Sunday morning into early Monday morning.

The 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy were on the street in the 4400 block of South Greenwood Avenue in the North Kenwood neighborhood when a car drove by and someone opened fire around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police.

The 14-year-old, identified by his mother as Tyjuan Poindexter, was shot in the head and died at the scene. The 15-year-old boy, shot three times in the lower right leg and foot, was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, according to police.

An autopsy Sunday determined Tyjuan died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Just after 2 a.m. Sunday, one person was killed and at least five were wounded in a shooting in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, police said. A group was outside in the 5800 block of South LaSalle Street when people walked from an alley and began shooting.

Charles Lewis, 28, who police said lived in the 5700 block of South LaSalle Street, was pronounced dead at 4:28 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. He was found in an alley after being shot in the chest, police said.

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Source: Chicago Tribune

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