A city long plagued by gang violence and deadly shootings saw another tragic weekend of gun violence.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, more than a dozen individuals were shot in Chicago between Friday and Sunday, three of whom died from their injuries.
Three victims killed
The first fatal shooting took place at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday when a 24-year-old man was gunned down in a vacant lot in Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side.
Hours later, an assailant reportedly killed a 37-year-old man just after midnight with a shot to the head as he was leaving a South Side residential building in Bronzeville. Police believe that shooter fled the scene in a white vehicle.
Two victims were critically injured in shootings that occurred within minutes of each other in Englewood, according to authorities.
A 32-year-old man was shot in the hip, leg, and abdomen while standing outside at about 2:40 a.m. on Sunday in the 2000 block of West 58th Street. Separately, a 35-year-old woman was shot in the leg while standing on the front porch of a home in the 6600 block of South Oakley Avenue.
The third fatal shooting was recorded when the victim’s body was discovered on Sunday evening during a well-being check at a home in Washington Park. Police found the 27-year-old man unresponsive at about 7 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the neck and declared him dead at the scene.
“An extremely busy year”
A total of five people were shot on Monday — including a 17-year-old boy.
Violence was not limited to gun-related crime, however. A 50-year-old man was reportedly stabbed in the face while riding a train on Sunday and was most recently listed in fair condition after surviving the attack.
The Windy City’s violent crime problem has only increased this year, already passing the grim milestone of 700 murders as 2020 becomes one of its deadliest years since the 1990s.
In fact, this past weekend’s gruesome toll was actually an improvement on the previous weekend, which saw 39 people shot and five killed.
As Chicago Police Department Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said on Monday: “For the typical homicide detective, it’s been an extremely busy year. The homicides have increased dramatically in Chicago, but not just Chicago – across the country – because of the pandemic and because of the civil unrest.”