Sunday in Chicago began with the killing of a 20-year-old man during an argument in Old Town just after midnight.
Before the day was out, there would be a double homicide on the steps of a West Side church, a triple homicide in a Southeast Side home and a shooting by an off-duty police sergeant.
“It’s just terrible,” said Richard Bones, who checked the crime scene in Old Town to see if the victim was anyone he knew. “It’s terrible around here in the summertime.”
Over the weekend in the city, nine people were killed and 33 others were wounded, according to data kept by the Tribune. Eight of those fatal shootings occurred Sunday over 17 hours.
So far this year, at least 2,331 people have been shot in Chicago, about 280 fewer than last year when violence reached levels not seen in 20 years, the Tribune figures show. There have been at least 432 homicides, 18 fewer than last year.
Sunday’s violence began with two people fatally shot in attacks 30 minutes apart, one in Old Town and the other in Back of the Yards. A few hours later, two men were gunned down on the steps of Friendship Baptist Church in South Austin.
In late afternoon, a man told police he shot and killed three people who he said broke into his home on the Southeast Side, according to authorities. The victims were a 17-year-old boy, a 22-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman.
In the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side, an off-duty Chicago police sergeant shot an 18-year-old man during a confrontation about 5:05 a.m. in the 11100 block of South Hermosa Avenue, according to police. A gun was not recovered at the scene, authorities said.
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