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Another bloody weekend in Chicago: 9 dead, 45 wounded in gun violence

Posted: Updated: Jun 18, 2018 3:05 PM
In thisJune 14, 2018, photo, Chicago police officers investigate the scene where two people were shot. A 12-year-old Michigan girl spending the summer in Chicago was fatally shot at the scene, hours after attending a cousin's eighth-grade graduation. Fami In thisJune 14, 2018, photo, Chicago police officers investigate the scene where two people were shot. A 12-year-old Michigan girl spending the summer in Chicago was fatally shot at the scene, hours after attending a cousin's eighth-grade graduation. Fami

CHICAGO - At least nine people were killed and 45 others were wounded over the weekend in shootings, an ugly turn for the nation's third-largest city as it made progress stemming the murder rate in the first half of 2018.

In addition to the weekend's fatal shootings, the city recorded a tenth homicide early Monday. A man, who police said was in his 30s, was killed by blunt force trauma on the city's Southwest Side. Police said they found a weapon but declined to give details about it or the circumstances of the killing.

Investigators said many of the weekend's incidents were gang-related. The city historically sees a frustrating uptick in gun violence as the temperature warms. Chicago reached a high of 95 on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio said the spike in violence is "frustrating,' even as Chicago has seen gun violence decline in recent months - shootings and murders are down about 20 percent so far this year.

The downward trend in violence in 2018 follows two difficult years - Chicago recorded 650 murders in 2017 and 762 in 2016 - in which the city saw homicide rates of the late 1980s and 1990s, when Chicago and other big metropolises were in the midst of the crack-cocaine epidemic.

"We continue to make progress despite what some of these numbers look like - some very good progress,' Riccio told reporters about the bloody weekend. "But we're not happy at all about this. We're not saying our progress is a success by any means. But we are continuing to move in the right direction.'

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In one of the most chaotic scenes over the weekend, a 23-year-old woman was fatally shot and five others were wounded in a pre-dawn incident Monday on the grounds of a public housing complex on the city's West Side. Police said the shooting was sparked by a dispute, and bullet casings recovered by detectives indicated multiple weapons were fired.

When police and EMTs arrived, one of the wounded, a 17-year-old boy, appeared so badly injured that first responders thought he was dead and placed a sheet over him as they tended to the other victims.

Riccio said officers realized the boy was still alive after seeing movement under the sheet. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital, where he remains on life support, Riccio said.

At least four of the victims were "known to police' prior to the incident, and there is an ongoing conflict between rival gangs going on in the area, Riccio said. None of the victims is cooperating with the police.

"We believe they have a significant amount of information that would be helpful in this case,' Riccio said. "But for reasons we do not know, they are not cooperating,'

In another multiple casualty incident, three men and a woman were wounded on the city's Southwest side late Sunday by an unknown assailant. The most seriously injured in that incident was a 21-year-old man who police described as known gang member. He had a gunshot wound to the chest and was listed in critical condition.

Police said no suspects were in custody in any of the deadly shootings.

The other fatal incidents include:

  • A 26-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk on the city's South Side Sunday when an unknown assailant approached and fired several shots The victim, who was shot in the head, was pronounced dead on the scene.
  • A 17-year-old boy, who police said was a known gang member, was shot Saturday while in the backyard of a home on the city's West Side.
  • A 28-year-old man, who police said had gang ties, died in the hospital after being shot several times in the upper body late Friday. A second victim in that incident, a 24-year-old male who police said was also a gang member, had a graze wound to the foot and refused medical attention, police said.
  • A 24-year-old man shot himself in the head after a SWAT officer shot him in the stomach several hours into an encounter early Saturday on the South Side, police said. Police arrived after receiving reports that the man had fired shots from a handgun before barricading himself in a garage.
  • A 43-year-old man and 22-year-old were killed outside a retail establishment on the South Side late Friday. Police said the 22-year-old, who was shot in the chest, was a known gang member and appeared to be the intended target. The older victim happened to be near and got hit in the gunfire.
  • A 26-year-old man was in the basement of a home Friday on the North Side when he got into an argument with another man, who pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the head.
  • A 12-year-old girl was pronounced dead early Friday after being shot in the neck while attending an outdoor gathering on the city's West Side. She'nyah O'Flynn, who was from Michigan and visiting family, and a 36-year-old man, who was shot in the leg, were struck when two unknown gunmen opened fire at the scene. Police said neither were the intended targets of the gunmen.
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