48 people shot dead in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend


Memorial Day weekend in Chicago once again lived up to its violent expectations.

As of Monday night, 48 people were shot in the city over the holiday weekend, as the Chicago Police Department canceled officers’ furloughs ahead of the unofficial, historically violent start to summer.

About half of the shooting casualties were injured on the west side, while the south side saw about 13 casualties. The city center, which saw several high-profile attacks in May, claimed four gunshot victims.

By Monday morning, the shootings had surpassed last year’s Memorial Day weekend, when 37 people were shot, three of them fatally.

Nine of the victims of the shooting this weekend had died as of Monday evening, authorities said. More than a quarter of the victims were injured in just one West Side police district – Harrison’s 11th Precinct – which saw two mass shootings on Sunday:

  • In Lawndale, five people were injured after gunmen opened fire on a crowd marking the anniversary of the murder of another teenager. A 16-year-old girl was among those injured in the shooting early Sunday morning in the 800 block of South Karlov Avenue. Casings and at least 97 evidence markers could be seen on the street outside Daniel Webster Elementary School.
  • Later Sunday, a man was killed and four others injured, including a gunman, in a domestic incident in Humboldt Park. The shooting led to a confrontation with a police SWAT team. A gunman, 23, was arrested more than an hour later and treated for a gunshot wound, police said.

Other fatal shootings since Friday 5 p.m.:

  • Three men were injured, one fatally, in a shooting Monday in Burnside on the South Side. They were near a sidewalk around 7:45 p.m. in the 1300 block of East 93rd Street when someone opened fire, Chicago police said. A 25-year-old man was shot in the chest and taken to Trinity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Another man, 26, was also shot in the chest and taken to the same hospital in critical condition. The third man, 27, was shot in the body and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said. His condition was not immediately known.
  • A man was shot and killed Monday in Gresham, on the South Side. At around 5 p.m., the 27-year-old was in the 8600 block of South Aberdeen Street when he was shot multiple times, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
  • Also Monday, a man was killed in a shooting in Englewood on the South Side. He was inside a residence around 2:50 p.m. in the 6900 block of South Green Street when someone opened fire, hitting him in the face and abdomen, Chicago police said. The 31-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Jeremy Benson, 33, was shot and killed Sunday morning while driving in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, authorities said. He was shot while driving in the 4400 block of West Madison Street and crashed into a median, police said. He died at Mount Sinai Hospital.
  • A man was killed early Sunday in Englewood when gunfire erupted at a birthday party. The shooting sent hundreds running through the 5700 block of South Carpenter Street. A 24-year-old man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. Police placed a white cloth over the man, who was lying on a sidewalk near evidence markers. “They won’t even let me see his body,” the man’s mother said. “They could at least let me hold his hand.”

Chicago police are investigating the 5700 block of South Carpenter Street where a man was fatally shot early Sunday at a party in the south side Englewood block.

  • Hours earlier, two men killed themselves in a shootout in Englewood, police said. The shooting happened at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the 5500 block of South Bishop Street, police said. Both men were pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center. One of the men has been identified as 29-year-old Derrick Washington. The other man was 38 years old.
  • On Saturday afternoon, a man was killed in Chicago Lawn on the southwest side. He was shot in the head around 1:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of West 63rd Street, police said. He died at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Police have released no further details.

Ahead of the weekend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday defended changing the rarely enforced citywide youth curfew to 10 p.m. from 11 p.m., and her decision to impose a weekend curfew. end at 6 p.m. to unaccompanied minors in Millennium Park after a fatal shooting at The Bean.

On Saturday, religious leaders led a peace march on Michigan Avenue. “There will be no silence until we end the violence,” chanted a group of about 50 people as they walked down the Mag Mile to Millennium Park.

Thirty-two people were shot last weekend in Chicago.


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