Chicago Shootings: 41 Shot, 5 Dead Over the Weekend
Chicago’s streak of weekend violence has persisted, with at least 41 shooting victims reported between the evening of Friday, Oct. 7, and the early morning of Monday, Oct. 10.
Five males were fatally shot and at least 36 others were wounded in the shootings, local broadcaster ABC7 reported, citing Chicago police officials.
The most recent fatal shooting took place in the Austin neighborhood on the city’s West Side on Sunday night at around 9 p.m. Two men, ages 22 and 24, were shot after a group of males approached their vehicle, police said. The 22-year-old unidentified male victim was shot in the face and back. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The other man was shot in the arm and was taken to nearby Mount Sinai Hospital.
About an hour before that, in Chicago’s East Garfield Park, a 22-year-old man was gunned down. The unidentified man was discovered with a gunshot wound to the chest, and he was later taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
On Sunday morning, a 24-year-old man identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as Victor Sanjuanero, was pronounced dead after he was shot at around 4 a.m. in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was standing with another man on a street when someone inside a vehicle opened fire, striking him. The other man, who is 32, was hit in the leg and buttocks, and he was taken to Stroger Hospital, police said.
On Sunday morning, Rolando Gamino, 30, was fatally shot in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He got into an argument with another man at 4:20 a.m. when the suspect pulled a gun and shot him, police told ABC7. He was pronounced dead at 9:34 a.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Another man was shot and killed on Saturday afternoon in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Martell Rhodes, 30, was walking on the street when someone inside a dark vehicle opened fire. He was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m. at Stroger Hospital, police said.
According to local Chicago news website DNAInfo’s latest tally, 554 people have been murdered in Chicago in 2016—far outpacing 2014, when 494 people were killed.
The Chicago Tribune says that 3,367 people have been shot—most being non-fatal incidents—in Chicago during 2016, while in all of 2015, there were 2,988 shooting victims.