13 Killed, 52 People Shot in Chicago Over Labor Day Weekend
Another weekend of violence has left Chicago reeling.
From Friday, Sept. 2, to Monday, Sept. 5, at least 13 people were killed and another 52 people were wounded in shootings across the city, according to the Chicago Police Department.
Among those shot was Crystal Myer, a woman who was nine-months pregnant. Myer, 23, and her significant other, Albert Moore, were shot near an intersection in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, NBC Chicago reported.
Family outside of Stroger Hospital told the station that Myer’s baby was delivered, while both parents remain in surgery. Police said Moore is a known gang member.
“I remember this young lady who was shot today,” crisis responder Andrew Holmes said, referring to Myer. “She was here yesterday walking down the street crying, she is pregnant, so this is the same young lady that went into the house from yesterday and was hit by gunfire.”
The latest homicide occurred at around 10:45 p.m. on Monday, Labor Day, in the Lawndale neighborhood. A 22-year-old man was shot in the chest after someone in a silver minivan opened fired on a group of people standing on a sidewalk, police told the Sun-Times.
Two men were shot in and killed at 7:15 p.m. on Monday in Ogden Park, located in Chicago’s South Side. In the incident, a person in a vehicle opened fire on a a 47-year-old man who was walking his dog. Bullets also hit a 24-year-old man as he ran away from the gunfire. They were both taken to Stroger Hospital where they were pronounced dead. It’s unclear if either of the two men were the intended targets of the shooting, police said.
In the same neighborhood, about 30 minutes prior, a light-colored car pulled up to a man, and someone inside started shooting. The victim was taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where he later died. Other details were not immediately clear.
Earlier on Monday, at around 4 p.m., three people in a white van harassed a man identified later as Albertano Medrano, police said. One of the passengers opened fire, striking Medrano in the head and neck. Medrano, who was driving in his car at the time, crashed into three other vehicles.
Eight other people were shot and killed over the weekend, police told the Sun-Times.
WGN-TV reported that police said the surge in violence toward the end of the weekend had stemmed from retaliatory acts after parties and “tense encounters.”