Chicago experiences the most violent weekend this year: 37 injured and 7 killed by bullets
Seven people were killed, a man was seriously injured in a shootout involving police and 36 others were shot in Chicago over the weekend, marking the city’s most devastating toll so far this year as temperatures increased before the generally violent summer months.
Last week, Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown has touted encouraging declines in homicides and shootings as the department works to curb the rise in violent crime that has become a serious political liability for Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
In January, just days after Chicago closed the books on its deadliest year in a quarter century, Lightfoot declared 2022 a “breakthrough year” for doing just that. This weekend, however, proved to be the first major stumbling block of the year.
The shootings spread across the city – between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday – and peaked from Saturday to early Sunday as temperatures rose.
The weekend’s worst shooting occurred on Saturday night in Englewood, leaving two dead and two injured.
At around 7:30 p.m., a group of people were standing in the 1900 block of West Garfield Boulevard when someone opened fire from a vehicle, police said. Two men, ages 42 and 48, were each repeatedly punched and pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital respectively.
A 24-year-old man was shot in the back and arm and was taken to the University of Chicago in serious condition, police said. A 65-year-old man was shot in the back and legs and treated at Mount Sinai.
Hours later, a man was shot and seriously injured following an altercation on Saturday night in River North.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, confronted the gunman around 10 p.m. in the 100 block of West Hubbard Street when he was shot multiple times, police said. He was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
More than a day earlier, Chicago police shot and killed a gunman in Pullman, according to a department spokesperson.
Officers first responded around 5:40 p.m. Friday to a call from a gunman in the 11,200 block of South Langley Avenue, police said. When he allegedly aimed at them, at least one officer fired at him.
It is not known if more than one officer fired shots. Details of the man’s injuries were not made available, but he was taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Also among the injured was a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the 2400 block of West 25th Street in Pilsen around 7:25 p.m. Saturday, police said. He was taken to hospital in good condition.
A 17-year-old girl was also found with gunshot wounds to the 3600 block of West Douglas Boulevard around 1:10 a.m. early Sunday morning, police said. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was in good condition.
There hasn’t been a weekend without a fatal shooting in Chicago since January, according to data from the Sun-Times.
A rise in temperatures usually coincides with a rise in violence in Chicago. For example, one of the most violent weekends last year was during the July 4 holiday, leaving 19 people dead and 85 injured.
Through April 17, the city’s most recent data, there had been 622 shootings and 157 murders in Chicago. This marked a 15% decrease in shootings and a 10% drop in homicides from a year ago, although both figures were up from the previous three years.
At a press conference last week, Supt. Brown detailed a new deployment strategy that focuses on 55 police hits that he says account for half of the city’s violence. The new focus on ‘beat integrity’ and community policing marked a major departure for Brown, who initially built citywide teams when he was hired by Lightfoot as a top cop. .
He said the new strategy relies on coordination with other city agencies and efforts to strengthen social services and establish neighborhood clubs.
“We’re really collaborating, in my view, as we move into the warmer months to really continue our crime reduction momentum,” he said.