75 People Shot, 13 Fatally, Across Chicago Over Juneteenth Holiday Weekend: Police

(Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)(Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Two men fatally shot during a Father’s Day gathering in Roseland Sunday were among the 13 people killed by gunfire over the three-day Juneteenth holiday weekend in Chicago.

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According to Chicago Police Department data, 75 people were shot in 51 separate incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday, marking one of the most violent weekends of the year to date. There were three separate mass shootings that left at least four people dead.

“If we’re going to get out of this rut, it’s going to take all of us,” Mayor Brandon Johnson said during a press conference Monday. “Every time I read and hear about another life that is lost, my heart breaks. … It hurts and it’s going to take all of us to build the type of society that can lead to the type of liberation that comes with the ability to be able to walk down the street without being harmed.”

A 26-year-old man was fatally shot just after 6:30 p.m. Friday in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue. He was found lying on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his lower back and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

A 58-year-old man was killed in a shooting in the 1600 block of West 80th Street just after midnight Saturday morning. Police said it appears he was shot in the chest while in an alley, and then made his way to the front of a nearby residence where he collapsed.

A 48-year-old man was fatally shot in the head in the 6600 block of South Evans Avenue at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Four people were shot, one fatally, following an altercation in the 5400 block of West Crystal Street at around 3 a.m. Sunday. A group of men was fighting inside a garage in that area when one man drew a firearm and began shooting. A 31-year-old man was killed and three other men were wounded, including one listed in critical condition.

Two men were killed and three others were wounded in a drive-by shooting just before 8 p.m. Sunday in the 9900 block of South Princeton Avenue. The victims were standing in a park when occupants inside a gray Honda sedan began firing. A 37-year-old man was pronounced dead on scene, and a 33-year-old man later died at a local hospital. Two other victims — men ages 19 and 25 — were hospitalized in fair condition, while a 27-year-old man was listed in critical condition.

Interim Police Superintendent Fred Waller said it appears the victims were attending a Fathers Day’s gathering when the shooting occurred.

“Right now, we don’t have a lot,” he said during an unrelated press conference.

A 39-year-old man was fatally shot at around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the 8800 block of South Kerfoot Avenue. He was standing on a sidewalk when someone police described as a known male offender fired shots, killing the victim.

A 32-year-old man was killed inside a fast food restaurant in the 11600 block of South Halsted Street just after 11 p.m. Sunday. Police said the victim and another man got into an altercation inside the restaurant’s vestibule, when the second man produced a firearm and shot the victim in the back. He was pronounced dead on scene.

Another 32-year-old man was killed as he drove in the 4400 block of West Gladys Avenue just before 7:30 a.m. Monday. He was heading westbound in that area when he sustained gunshot wounds throughout the body and crashed his vehicle into a parked car.

Four people were shot, one fatally, as they rode in a vehicle in the 3200 block of West 79th Street just after 2:30 p.m. Monday. Police said they were traveling eastbound when occupants inside a vehicle heading in the opposite direction opened fire. A 20-year-old man was struck in the head and died on scene and three other victims were hospitalized in good condition.

About an hour later, a 21-year-old man was killed in the 4600 block of West Maypole Avenue. He was shot in the head and died. A second victim was struck in the leg and transported himself to a local hospital.

Waller on Tuesday said that officers once again had a day off canceled over the weekend as the department deals with staffing shortages.

“No one is feeling like this is a hopeless effort,” he said. “Officers in all the different places — from Englewood to the West Side and Garfield Park — everyone is still encouraged, and everyone is encouraging me to keep going, doing the things that we are doing.”

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