Chicago Shootings: 15 People Shot, 2 Dead, in 16-Hour Period

July 19, 2016 Updated: July 19, 2016

After more than 50 people were shot across Chicago over the weekend, more violence was reported from late Monday to early Tuesday with 15 shootings taking place that killed at least two people.

The shootings took place on Chicago’s South and West sides. Among those killed was 17-year-old Darrell Peden who was shot only two blocks from his home in the West Garfield Park neighborhood according to the Chicago Tribune.

The medical examiner’s office told the Tribune that Peden was found lying in the street with a wound in the torso, he was pronounced dead after being taken to Stroger Hospital.

Chicago Police also said that a person was shot death on Monday evening in Englewood in South Side Chicago. Officers responding at 11:48 p.m. local time found a male lying on the street on the 6300 block of South Parnell with a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

A 14-year-old was non-fatally shot on the Far South Side.

Violent Weekend

From Friday night to Sunday night, 58 people were shot across the city, seven of whom were killed, according to ABC7. In one instance, there was a shooting at a house party in the Austin neighborhood, which left one man dead.

Chicago’s First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante made a comment on the death of Raygene Jackson, 38, who was shot and killed Sunday.

Escalante said Jackson should have been in jail and not walking the streets.

“I don’t mean to victimize this victim any further, this man lost his life,” Escalante told the Tribune. “But our frustration is, in 1995 he was sentenced to 46 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for a murder. In 1995. He was paroled last year. How and why he’s on the street, I don’t know. But if he was still serving his sentence, he wouldn’t be a murder victim right now.”

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