58 Shot, Including 7 Children, in Chicago Over Labor Day Weekend

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news and stories relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.
September 6, 2021 Updated: September 6, 2021

A total of 58 people were shot in Chicago on the first days of Labor Day weekend, including seven children.

Five were killed. Among the victims was a 4-year-old.

The shooting numbers, based on police reports, are from the evening of Sept. 3 through the morning of Sept. 6.

The 4-year-old boy, Mychal Moultry Jr., was struck twice in the head by shots that were fired from outdoors and went through the window of the residence he was in, located in the 6500 block of South Ellis Avenue, according to the Chicago Police Department.

After the shooting, which occurred just before 9 p.m. on Sept. 3, the boy was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

He was later pronounced dead. No one was in custody for the murder as of press time.

Two people were taken into custody for two other shootings, with a person of interest also apprehended in another.

Chicago police officers have struggled to investigate shootings within the city, an issue they say stems from community members being unwilling to come forward to provide information about the crimes. Officials say most of the shootings are perpetrated by repeat offenders.

The shootings continued into the early hours of Sept. 4, including shots coming from an unknown location and striking five people who were part of a large group in the 1400 block of South Tripp Avenue. All five victims survived and were rushed to area hospitals.

In another shooting, around 9 p.m. on Sept. 4, a male physically attacked and then opened fire on a bus driver.

The suspect was arrested shortly after the incident occurred. The driver, a male, was transported to Northwestern Hospital in serious condition.

A number of shootings took place on Sept. 5, including one in which two people were hit with bullets at a bus stop in the 3400 block of West Chicago Avenue.

Four shootings were reported through 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 6.

Overall, between Sept. 3 and the morning of Sept. 6, there were 45 shootings and 58 victims.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news and stories relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.