Two children stood outside a home in Little Village on Sunday night and watched as police shined flashlights across the sidewalk and placed evidence markers near shell casings.
The children caught Annette Hernandez’s eye as she walked by the scene in the 2200 block of South Sacramento Avenue. “You see, there are kids running around,” she said. “Every night, it’s the same stuff.”
Police say four people were standing on the street around 9:30 p.m. when a gunman approached on foot and began firing. A 21-year-old man was hit in the chest and rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, police said.
Two other people were treated at Mount Sinai: A 34-year-old woman shot in the leg and a 30-year-old man with wounds to the left arm and hip. A 20-year-old man shot in the leg was taken to St. Anthony Hospital.
The scene, just south of Cermak Road, was busy with passing pedestrians. The night was still hot, temperatures remaining in the 90s after the sun went down. A woman with two kids grabbed their hands and hurried off to a car.
The four were among at least 20 people shot in Chicago Sunday through early Monday. At least two of them were killed. Since Friday evening, at least 55 people were shot, nine of them fatally, in one of the most violent weekends of the year in Chicago.
At least 1,238 people have been shot in the city this year and there have been at least 230 homicides. That’s below the numbers for the last two years, when gun violence reached levels not seen in two decades, but it’s substantially higher than other recent years.
Seven hours after the four were shot in Little Village, six people were shot around 4:50 a.m. Monday in the 1300 block of South Loomis Street in the Little Italy neighborhood on the Near West Side.
A woman in her 20s was pronounced dead at University of Chicago Medical Center and another person, a 17-year-old boy, was taken in “very critical” condition to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds. Two other people were taken to Stroger, one with a wound to the arm and a 21-year-old man with a wound to the leg. A fifth person suffered several shots to the abdomen and was driven by his girlfriend to Mount Sinai Medical Center. A sixth person, a 21-year-old man, walked into Rush Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left leg. He was treated and released, police said.
Sunday night, 26-year-old man was shot in the head and killed around 9:15 p.m. in the Southwest Side’s Marquette Park neighborhood, police said. He was standing on the sidewalk in the 6500 block of South Maplewood Avenue when someone approached him and fired shots. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Other shootings from Sunday and Monday:
–A 44-year-old man was shot in the stomach during a carjacking around 5:10 a.m. Monday in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition.
–Earlier, two teenagers were injured in a shooting in the South Side’s Chatham neighborhood Sunday afternoon, authorities said. The teens, 17 and 18, were walking toward the train in the 8700 block of South State Street about 4:20 p.m. when they were hit, police said. The 17-year-old was shot in the abdomen and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious condition, police said. The 18-year-old was shot in the leg and taken to the same hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.
–Around 4:30 a.m. Monday, a 37-year-old man was shot in the back in the South Side’s Englewood neighborhood. He was taken to U. of C. Medical Center in serious condition.
–In another Englewood shooting around 2:40 a.m., a 30-year-old man was shot in the face and went to St. Bernard Hospital in serious condition. He was in a vehicle in the 6000 block of South Racine Avenue when he was shot by someone in another vehicle.
–A 20-year-old woman was shot in the head, leg and arm around 2:35 a.m. in the Avalon Park neighborhood on the South Side. She was found lying in the street in the 1100 block of East 83rd Street and taken to U. of C. Medical Center where she was stabilized.
–Around the same time, also on the South Side, a 33-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 7400 block of South Perry Avenue in the Park Manor neighborhood during an argument over money, police said. He was taken to U. of C. Medical Center in critical condition.
–A 22-year-old man was shot in the leg around 1:10 a.m. while he was taking out the garbage in the 2600 block of South Homan Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in fair condition.
–A 41-year-old man was shot in the shoulder around 11 p.m. Sunday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said. He was on the sidewalk with a group of people in the 1000 block of North Drake Avenue when someone approached and fired shots. He was taken to Stroger Hospital.
–A 16-year-old boy was standing in a vacant lot in the 800 block of South California Avenue in the West Side’s Lawndale neighborhood when someone fired at him, grazing him in the leg around 11:50 p.m. He was stabilized at Stroger Hospital.
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