Four People Killed at Chicago Restaurant Latest Violent Spate

Authorities are investigating a quadruple homicide at a fast-food restaurant and the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman in separate incidents that occurred within hours of each other Thursday in one neighborhood in the nation’s third-largest city.

The spate of killings comes as Chicago has tallied nearly 900 murders in the last 15 months.

Four male victims were found in or around the Nadia Fish and Chicken restaurant around 3:50 p.m. in the city’s South Shore neighborhood, according to police.

Police said that a male suspect approached the restaurant and fired shots. When officers arrived at the scene, they found two of the victims inside the restaurant, one victim outside the restaurant, and a fourth unresponsive in nearby yard. All four victims were described as males, but a police department spokesman did not know their ages.

Hours earlier, police responded to an incident at an apartment about a mile from the restaurant in which a pregnant 26-year-old woman was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. No suspects were in custody for either incident.

With more than 760 murders last year, Chicago tallied more killings than New York City and Los Angeles combined. It was the highest murder toll for the city in nearly two decades.

Through the first three months of 2017, murders have slightly decreased with the city recording 123 murders through Sunday, compared to 136 at the same time last year, according to police department data.

The bulk of the murders have occurred in a few predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides. Police department brass say the vast majority of the killings are tied to the gang-fueled drug trade in those areas.

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Source: USA Today | Aamer Madhani