A total of 40 people were shot, 11 of them fatally, across 33 incidents in Chicago over the recent weekend, according to the city’s police department.
The shootings took place between July 9 at 6 p.m. and July 11 at 11:59 p.m., police said.
The spate of violence started at 6:21 p.m. on July 9, when a 39-year-old male on a sidewalk in the 11000 block of South Vernon Avenue was shot by a person in a vehicle that pulled up beside him. The victim was rushed to the University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition and later died.
About an hour later, a male victim of unknown age was shot by another person on the sidewalk in the 600 block of West 80th Street. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Also on July 9, a 28-year-old was transported to Christ Hospital after being struck in the left shoulder while driving in the 8000 block of South Marshfield Avenue, and a 59-year-old man was hit by a gunshot while walking on South Blue Island Avenue and taken to a hospital in fair condition.
Five shootings took place before 3:30 a.m. on July 10, including a 33-year-old man hit in the leg by a gunshot who drove himself to Mount Sinai Hospital; a 30-year-old man struck in the abdomen and leg by shots fired from a passing car; and a 36-year-old woman who suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the arm while inside her vehicle. All of those victims survived their wounds.
Also on the morning of July 10, a 23-year-old man suffered wounds to his right calf and buttocks on the 7800 block of South Marshfield, after a person approached him and fired shots; a 35-year-old male was struck by a gunshot while in a vehicle on South Homan Avenue and taken to the hospital in serious condition; and a 36-year-old man was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition when someone came up to him on the sidewalk on West Chicago Avenue and fired shots.
In the early afternoon of July 10, a 31-year-old male shot around the same time on South Merrion Avenue, was pronounced dead; a 26-year-old male took himself to Roseland Hospital in good condition after suffering gunshot wounds to both of his legs; a 40-year-old male was hit after getting into an altercation with a person in an alley in the 6700 block of South Langley Avenue, and later listed in critical condition; and a 37-year-old male was wounded by gunfire when a vehicle pulled alongside his car at the intersection of Harrison and Cicero Avenues.
Shootings continued throughout July 10 and July 11, with multiple people dying from their wounds.
No one was taken into custody in connection with any of the shootings, according to police records. The department, which didn’t respond to a request for further comment, said that detectives are investigating the crimes.
The office of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, didn’t immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.
The previous weekend, which was capped off by July 4, saw 100 people shot, 18 of whom died.
The weekend violence occurred ahead of President Joe Biden’s planned meeting with Chicago Police Chief David Brown and other officials from violence-ridden cities, including New York, according to the White House.
Shootings and murders have skyrocketed in major U.S. cities since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with statistics indicating another jump this year if current trends continue.
Biden, who has taken some executive action to try to combat the crime wave, will “discuss his administration’s comprehensive strategy” to reduce such crimes, the White House stated.
Lightfoot and others have called for more restrictive federal gun laws amid the violence.
Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.