Four people were killed and 10 wounded in several shootings overnight in Chicago, falling in line with a violent summer.
Three 16-year-old boys were in a garage in the East Garfield Park neighborhood Thursday afternoon when two people walked up and opened fire, according to the Chicago Tribune. Two of the injured attempted to run away but did not make it far before collapsing, police said. The third boy survived.
Hours later a garage in the South Austin neighborhood was the scene of another shooting. Two 52-year-old men were struck, one of them fatally, according to police. The wounded man shouted for someone to call police and waited on a nearby porch until help arrived, police said.
Another man, the fourth of the afternoon, was shot several times and pronounced dead at Roseland Community Hospital. The 31-year-old was discovered in the 11200 block of South Langley Avenue in the Pullman neighborhood.
Six more shootings left eight others wounded.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recognized the high crime presence earlier this month when he proposed a gun control ordinance. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy this week said he is encouraged by the falling crime rates. The 49 homicides in July were six less than the previous year, McCarthy.