Chicago saw one of its most violent days of the year Sunday, with 26 people shot over 18 hours, many of them in neighborhoods on the West and South sides.
That level of violence has been surpassed only once before in the city this year: on Aug. 5 when at least 41 people were shot over seven hours. A total of 75 people were shot that weekend, the most violent in Chicago in at least two years.
Over this past weekend, at least 42 people were shot, five of them fatally, including a 16-year-old boy, according to data kept by the Tribune. Nearly half of those shootings occurred in the Englewood police district on the South Side and the Harrison and Austin districts on the West side — neighborhoods that have borne the brunt of violence this year.
A 23-year-old man was killed and a 24-year-old woman was injured when someone shot into their vehicle Sunday morning in the South Side’s Englewood neighborhood, police said. The pair was in a vehicle about 10:55 a.m. in the 5500 block of South LaSalle Street when someone in a black four-door Audi opened fire, police said. The man was shot in the chest and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The woman was shot in the lower right leg and taken to the same hospital in serious condition.
Earlier Sunday, at about 2:15 a.m., a 16-year-old boy and 19-year-old man were walking through an alley in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood when they were shot by someone in a silver sedan. The 16-year-old was shot in the chest and left shoulder and taken to University of Chicago, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The 19-year-old was shot in the foot and showed up at Holy Cross Hospital in stable condition.
About two hours earlier, a 20-year-old man was killed and a 21-year-old woman was wounded in a drive-by shooting about 12:20 a.m. in the 5900 block of South Peoria in the Englewood neighborhood. The pair was standing on the sidewalk when they were shot by someone in a dark-colored SUV. The man, shot in the neck, was taken to St. Bernard Hospital in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead, said police. The woman, shot in the right leg, was taken to University of Chicago, where she was stabilized.
About 5:50 p.m. Saturday, a 33-year-old man was parked in the 2000 block of East 95th Street in Calumet Heights. The man was in his vehicle when he was shot in the back by someone in another vehicle. He was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
The first fatal attack of the weekend happened about 10:30 p.m. Friday in the first block of North Karlov Avenue in the city’s West Garfield Park neighborhood, Chicago police said. A 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were walking on a sidewalk when the assailant walked up and fired. The 20-year-old was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital, and the teen was in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the back, also at Stroger.
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