With Memorial Day celebrations underway, Chicago’s violence has spiked as six people were killed and at least 17 others were injured in shootings across the city.
The most recent fatal shooting occurred Sunday when a 42-year-old man was shot in the head and a 44-year-old female was shot in the back on Goose Island on the Near North Side.
The shooting occurred at 2:50 a.m. in the 1000 block of North North Branch Street.
The pair was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where the man, identified as Charles Jones by the Cook County Medical Examiner, was pronounced dead, according to Chicago Police news affairs Officer John Mirabelli. Jones was the manager of the Factory Chicago, a gentlemen’s club on the Far South Side. A tweet from the Factory Chicago read: “God called his soldier home, R.I.P. Charles Jones.”
A cousin of the female victim, Andrew Holmes, said the pair was sideswiped while driving in Jones’ 2007 Maserati and was shot while approaching the driver of the other vehicle.
No other details were immediately available on the shooting.
At 2:10 a.m., a 27-year-old man was shot in the armpit in the 12100 block of South Indiana Avenue. He was later pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said.
Earlier in the evening, an 18-year-old man was shot to death in an alley. The shooting occurred at 9:20 p.m. Saturday in an alley between Dorchester and Dante Avenues near 74th Street.
A light-colored sedan reportedly drove past the alley where the boy and several others were standing and began shooting. The man was struck in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the man is believed to have gang ties.
Two other shootings occurred Saturday night including one that hospitalized a 17-year-old man with multiple wounds in both of his legs after he was shot in the 6000 block of North Kenmore Avenue.
Another teen was shot in the 700 block of West 50th Place in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The 19-year-old man was taken to St. Bernard Hospital in stable condition, authorities said.
Early Saturday, a man was shot and killed in the Hyde Park community, blocks from President Barack Obama’s Kenwood home.
A man buzzed two suspects into his apartment building and left his door open for them enter, according to Chicago Police news affairs Officer Estrada.
The suspects then entered and shot the 29-year-old man in the chest and back at 1:50 a.m. in the 1400 block of East 52nd Street, police said.
Around 11:45 p.m. Friday a 22-year-old man was found fatally shot outside his home in the 1100 block of North Lawndale Avenue. The man was discovered on the sidewalk outside his home with a gunshot wound in the back of his head and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.
The weekend’s first fatality involved a 17-year-old man who was shot in the head two times around 11 p.m. Friday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The man was found in 400 block of North Central Avenue where he was pronounced dead.
An 18-year-old man was also found wounded in the same shooting and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest, authorities said.
At least 17 people were reported injured in shootings throughout the weekend.
At 2:55 a.m. Saturday in the 2300 block of North Ridgeway Avenue when a 24-year-old man was shot in the face. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in stable condition.
Around 1:45 a.m. Saturday three people were injured in a possible drive-by shooting in the 400 block of north Sacramento Avenue, police said.
An 18-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were both shot in the buttocks. The 21-year-old man was also shot in the thigh. Both men were taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition.
A 21-year-old was also grazed in the arm but refused medical treatment, police said.
Around 7:35 p.m. Friday a 27-year-old man was shot in the arm in the 1100 block of North Spaulding Avenue on the city’s West Side. He was taken to Norwegian-American Hospital where he was listed in good condition.
Less than an hour later a 17-year-old woman was shot in the hip in the 600 block of East 75th Street after male suspects approached the group she was walking in and shot. She was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in “stable” condition, according to police.
Source: NBC Chicago.
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