Chicago Has Second Homicide Of The Weekend: 1 Dead And 5 Injured After Shooting In The City
It is no surprise that Chicago is one of the most crime-stricken cities in the United States. The city had the second homicide of the weekend after a shooting at a Chicago neighborhood.
Shortly after 6 p.m., a shooting was reported in the Englewood neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune. Walter Schroeder, of the Chicago Fire Department, confirmed that the man was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
Earlier, at around 5 p.m., paramedics responded to a shooting that occurred on South Green Street. Two people were shot and taken to the hospital for treatment.
A Chicago police spokesman, Officer Kevin Quaid, told reporters that two men, a 45-year-old and a 27-year-old, were in an alley unloading boxes when a man dressed in black approached on foot and fired shots at them.
The 45-year-old was shot in the torso and the chest. He was transferred to the Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, but shortly after arrival, he was pronounced dead.
The younger man was shot in the right wrist, chest, and back. He was also taken to Christ Medical Center in serious condition.
The assailant fled the scene and is still at large.
A similar incident occurred in the Park Manor neighborhood when a 22-year-old was approached by someone on foot and was shot in the abdomen. The victim was rushed to Stroger Hospital and listed in serious condition.
Not even an hour before that, a man exited a vehicle and fired shots at a 23-year-old outside a home on South Kenwood Avenue. The shooter fled the scene.
The victim was shot in the torso and is in stable condition at Jackson Park Hospital.
ABC7 Chicago reports that another man was shot and killed in the Archer Heights neighborhood. Two men, ages 22 and 32, were in an alley when they heard gunshots and immediately felt pain.
The older man was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from a fatal shot to the head. The younger man was rushed to Holy Cross Hospital after suffering shots to the arm and chest. He is currently listed in serious condition.
According to ABC7 Chicago, within just 20 minutes on Saturday, five people in Chicago were injured from gunshot wounds.
A man and a 17-year-old boy were shot in the back in Uptown. Both were transferred to Weiss Memorial Hospital, where they are said to be stabilized.
A 16-year-old boy was injured after being shot in the head in the Austin neighborhood. He was at a park when someone opened fire toward him. He was hit in the head and was immediately taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he is said to be in critical condition.
An 18-year-old was shot in the leg in Gage Park. A family member took him to Mount Sinai, where the teenager is listed in good condition.
This is just an example of the many shootings that occurred in Chicago this labor day weekend. Last year, there were 54 people shot over the holiday weekend. While the holiday weekend is coming to an end, it is not done yet.
Unfortunately, gun violence has been an ongoing issue in the United States, but even more in Chicago than most other cities.
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Rev. Michael Pfleger told CNN that Chicago is overwhelmed with gun violence.
“I had a child asking me to pray for her, that she would not get shot going to school this year. We have more murders here than New York City and Los Angeles together. And we’re lacking a strategy or plan to say how are we going to turn this around.”
Pfleger compares Chicago’s gun violence to a natural disaster.
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