Christmas Weekend in Chicago Less Violent Than in Recent Years

Chicago saw one of its least violent Christmas holidays in recent years, with far fewer people shot over the long weekend than in 2016, according to authorities.

A total of 25 people were shot, five fatally, from Friday afternoon to Tuesday morning, according to data kept by the Tribune.

That’s a stark drop from last year when 61 people were shot, 11 fatally, in one of the city’s bloodiest Christmas holidays in decades. Seven people were killed on Christmas Day alone in 2016, more than on the holiday the previous three years combined.

This year, Albert Abu was killed in Chatham on the South Side just after midnight on Christmas Day. He was on the sidewalk when two people came up and fired shots, killing him on the block where he lived. He was the sole fatal shooting in Chicago on Monday.

On Christmas Days in previous years, three people were killed in 2015, one in 2014 and two in 2013, according to Tribune data.

On Christmas Eve this year, a 37-year-old man was fatally shot while trying to rob a shopper in the South Loop neighborhood, police said. The shopper, 31, held a concealed carry license from Indiana and shot the robber, police said.

Corey Haggard was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead Monday. He lived in the 3400 block of West 12th Place in the Lawndale neighborhood.

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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune, Elyssa Cherney