At least 45 people were shot in less than 20 hours in Chicago, seven of them fatally, including a Chicago police officer who was killed by gunfire as she and her partner were making a traffic stop in the West Englewood neighborhood. The slain officer’s partner was also wounded and remained hospitalized Sunday from his injuries.
The violence beginning Saturday night also included two mass shootings in separate Gresham nightclubs, and an apparent murder-suicide in a Cragin apartment, according to Chicago police.
The officers were shot around 9 p.m. as they attempted a traffic stop near West 63rd Street and South Bell Avenue in West Englewood, authorities said. Police sources and a family member identified the officer who died as Ella French, 29. The other officer is in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Police Officer Ella French
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Seven people were shot and one killed in a mass shooting inside a lounge in 1800 block of West 87th Street in the Gresham neighborhood around 2:05 a.m. A gunman, 24, shot a 37-year-old man twice in the neck and three times in the back after the two had a verbal altercation, police said.
The 37-year-old man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The gunman, whose name was not released, was shot eight times and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was in critical condition.
Five other people were injured during the shooting. A 23-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the face and was taken to the U. of C. Medical Center in good condition; a 37-year-old woman was shot in the back and taken to the U. of C. Medical Center, where her condition was stabilized; a 38-year-old man was shot in the stomach and taken to the U. of C. Medical Center in critical condition; a 56-year-old man was shot in the elbow and taken to OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized; and a 33-year-old man was shot in the upper body and taken to OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center, where his condition was also stabilized.
Three people, two men and one woman, were shot in the Lawndale neighborhood around 1:10 a.m. The group was standing outside in the 1200 block of South Lawndale Avenue when they were shot at by someone in a dark colored sedan, police said. The woman, 32, was shot in the thigh and took herself to Rush University Medical Center where her condition was stabilized. The men, 35 and 19, were shot in the lower back and elbow, respectively. Both took themselves to Mount Sinai Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized.
In the Gresham neighborhood, two nightclub security guards and three bystanders were shot when a person who was denied entrance to the club produced a gun and fired shots before fleeing the scene around 12:45 a.m.
The security guards, men ages 42 and 40, were each shot multiple times and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. The younger guard was in critical condition, and the elder in serious condition.
The three other victims, also men, had been standing near the entrance to the club in the 8300 block of South Halsted Street when they were shot. Two men of unknown ages were each shot in the leg and took themselves to OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center for treatment, police said. A 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the chin was taken to the U. of C. Medical Center in good condition.
Around 12:25 a.m. Sunday, three people were shot in the Morgan Park neighborhood. The group was having a gathering outside in the 11400 block of South Throop Street when they heard gunshots.
A 24-year-old woman was shot in the buttocks and a 39-year-old man was shot in the lower back; both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition. A 24-year-old man suffered a graze wound and was treated on-site. Police said that none of those who had been shot, nor any witnesses, could provide more information about the shooting.
Four men in their 20s were injured, three critically, in a drive-by shooting in the Near West Side neighborhood shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday. The men were on the street when they were approached by an unknown vehicle, police said. A 20-year-old man was shot in the ankle and taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition. The three other men — 23, 27 and 28 — were shot in the side and back, hand and leg, and leg and back, respectively. The older men were taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
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Chicago Tribune’s Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas contributed.
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The Liberals must be proud of Chicago—this is an ongoing tragedy that continues to fester—it is unnecessary and it is inexcusable, And everywhere you turn, the cry is for police defunding and reform, So, in a situation like Chicago, who is going to take care of the crime problem? Lighthead certainly doesn’t have a clue as to what to do.
In all of this national chaos, one person gets idolized and deified—George Floyd. Somehow his life was deemed to be more important than all of the others. He gets a monument, national Media coverage, and his family become millionaires. But one by one the nameless fall—both good guys and bad guys—just a statistical mention. Who is hearing the hurts and cries of these people?
We have unchecked lawlessness in our streets because we have unchecked lawlessness in our leadership—in government on all levels—and it is the Liberals who have blood on their hands. Somebody needs to wake up and correct this mess. Warped thinking, ignorant decisions, and insane “solutions” which aren’t solutions at all makes for a pathetic charade.
If this was the whiskey rebellion, President Washington would have put it down months ago, and all of those rebels were White. Just who is more powerful, and fit to run this county, the liberal riot inciting media, or a sit on your hands while the mayhem continues ,Federal government, who should have declared Marshal Law in Chicago when the mayhem first broke out, but failed to do so because Trump would have got the credit for doing the right thing. So,, Joe, what’s your excuse now? Almost every non-cop death is indeed a potential lost Chicago Democrat confused voter? Act NOW if only for selfish reasons! If government cannot, or refuses to, protect the citizens who fund it its time that government goes, and gets defunded. KIss your 3-4 Trillion dollar bill good bye and every sane Conservative or Liberal Representative should refuse to pass anything until our border and Democrat run cities are returned to being secure and safe.
WHy would it be a ‘lost dem voter’? DON’T you know, THE DEAD VOTE DEMOCRAT< even if they were life long republicans while they were alive??
Like Lori Lightfoot said, crime is going down in Chicago. Liberal equals liar. Secondly, a beautiful 29 year old female police officer was killed. God rest her soul in peace.
The only way crime in Chicago will go down is if she and her party resign and move to another city. Her administrationis responsible for more deaths in Chicago than Al Capone. Al least Al did them a favor by only killing fellow criminals, but then Lightfoot would get the clubfoot award herself from her own people kind of people.
EVERY DEM there could resign. TILL WE GO AFTer all the bloody gangs, and i really mean go after them, CRIME WON’T go down.
Life’s ironies at play – one thug is shot 8 times and is recovering in the hospital, free care, no doubt.
Ashli Babbitt gets shot once in the shoulder and dies on the spot?
Ironic, and a typical statement about the mass corruption in our culture.
I’ve often wondered, WHY THE HELL Do we spend so much TAX PAYER MONEY, to make criminals HEALTHY so they can then face ‘justice’? JUST LET THEM DIE Where they fell.
Can we send them back ?? Now???
I laughed, when i read that mayor lightfoot, when she went to VISIT the officer who was wounded, 20+ OTHER OFFICERS WHO WERE all in the same hospital paying THEIR respects, all turned their BACK ON lightfoot..