51 people shot dead over Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, most violent in five years

Chicago had its most violent Memorial Day weekend in five years — 9 killed, 42 injured — despite stepped up police patrols and a focus on neighborhood programs that city officials hoped would would provide peaceful alternatives.

About half of those shot were on the West Side, most in a single police district, 11th, where there were two mass shootings on Sunday. On the south side, at least 23 people were shot dead. And downtown, where there has been a year-round spike in shootings, four people were hit by gunfire.

The weekend was the most violent since 2017, when seven people were killed and 45 people were injured, according to Chicago police data. The previous year, 69 people had been shot over the holiday long weekend.

Last weekend’s toll is significantly higher than last year, when three people were killed and 34 others injured.

The Chicago Police Department canceled days off this weekend, but Superintendent of Police. David Brown remained vague last Friday on the number of additional police assigned to the job.

He said only that the security plan included foot, bicycle and mobile patrols; task force missions on road safety, DUI saturation and carjacking; and gang, gun and retail robbery investigations.

At the same press conference, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said weekend programs in 15 high-crime neighborhoods — including “kickbacks” filled with music and games with DJs — would be held later that night to fill in gaps identified in conversations with young people. these neighborhoods.

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.

Many of the weekend shootings occurred in neighborhoods long troubled by gun violence.

  • 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 weekend shootings:

  • 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, police said. A 25-year-old man was shot in the chest and died at Trinity Hospital. 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. His condition was not released.
  • A man was shot and killed Monday in Gresham, on the South Side. At around 5pm, the 26-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 and pronounced dead.
  • Also Monday, a man was killed in a shooting in Englewood on the South Side. He was inside a residence at around 2.50pm in the 6900 block of South Green Street when someone opened fire, hitting him in the face and abdomen, police said. The 31-year-old man died 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.

At least 32 people were shot dead last weekend in Chicago.

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