Another Violent Weekend in Chicago has Homicides Up by 55%


For the second weekend in a row, more than 50 people were shot in Chicago as the number of homicides this year rose to more than 50 percent above the same period last year.

More than 660 people have been killed in the city so far this year, according to data compiled by the Tribune. The number of people shot in Chicago this year is more than a thousand above what it was this time last year, from 2,620 to 3,795, according to Tribune data.

From Friday afternoon to late Sunday, 10 people were killed and 41 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago, police said.

Among the wounded was a 78-year-old man who was dragged out of a car in Englewood on Sunday and shot in the head. He was listed in serious condition.

Five people were shot in a single attack in Uptown early Saturday morning, police said. Two men, two women and a 17-year-old boy were shot about 1:35 a.m. in the 4800 block of North Winthrop Avenue. They were all taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition.

Law enforcement sources said none of them provided details of the shooting to investigators.

The most recent fatal shooting was at 2:15 p.m. Sunday in Roseland, where two men ages 19 and 20 were shot. Both were hospitalized in what police initially said was good condition, but the 19-year-old later was pronounced dead. The two were shot in the 11100 block of South Michigan Avenue, the same block where another 19-year-old man was killed last week.

In addition to the fatal shootings, a man was stabbed to death in Chatham late Sunday. He was found with stab wounds to the chest after a fight in the 8300 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue and pronounced dead at the scene.

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Source: Chicago Tribune | Megan Crepeau