Eight people were killed and 60 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend.
According to Chicago Police Department data, 68 people were shot in 51 separate shootings between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday night during the holiday weekend.
A 24-year-old woman was killed and two others were injured Friday night following a shootout between two men in the 2200 block of South Wentworth Avenue. Police said one of the people shot, a 38-year-old man, was struck in the buttocks while he was exchanging gunfire with a second man in that area just before 11 p.m. He was listed in critical condition. The woman was struck in the torso and later died at Stroger Hospital. A second woman, 42, was shot in the hand and hospitalized in good condition.
A little more than an hour later, a 30-year-old man was shot and killed in the 9000 block of South Escanaba Avenue. That victim was shot in the head just after 12:15 a.m. Saturday morning by an unknown man, who then fled on foot.
A bicyclist was fatally shot while riding in the 2100 block of East 71st Street Saturday afternoon. Police said the 26-year-old man was riding at around 4 p.m. when an unknown offender in a dark colored sedan approached and fired shots, striking the man in the head and arm. The victim was initially hospitalized in critical condition, but reportedly later died.
A 35-year-old man was shot in the neck and killed at around 3 a.m. Sunday as he rode in a vehicle in the 3800 block of South Kedzie Avenue. The driver of that vehicle called 911, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 24-year-old man was killed and two women were injured during an early morning shooting Sunday behind a home in the 7000 block of South Harper Avenue. Police said the group was standing in a backyard around 5:30 a.m. when a suspect opened fire. The man was struck multiple times and pronounced dead on scene, while the two other victims, ages 24 and 30, were hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds.
A 38-year-old man was shot in the chest and head as he sat outside a residential building in the 700 block of North Springfield Avenue around 10 a.m. Sunday morning. Police said an unknown man who was in a dark colored sedan exited the vehicle and fired gunshots at the victim, striking him in the head and chest. He was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A man was fatally shot just before 1 p.m. Sunday in the 6500 block of South Kedzie Avenue. According to police, the victim was walking down the street when someone exited a nearby vehicle and fired shots. The victim, who is between the ages of 25 and 35, suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head, upper torso and body, and was later pronounced dead.
Police said a man between the ages of 30 and 35 was killed while driving in the 2500 block of West Potomac Avenue just before 10 p.m. Monday night. After being shot, the man lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. He was initially hospitalized in serious condition, but later died.
According to Police Superintendent David Brown, violence levels over the holiday weekend this year were lower than in 2021. For the Fourth of July weekend in 2022 compared to 2021, shootings were down 14%, the number of shooting victims decreased 21%, and the number of homicides dropped by 53%.
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