Audio released by police Monday reveals the frightening scene that unfolded in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood when a shooting left one person dead and at least seven others injured.
The shooting happened around 3:45 a.m. Sunday near a school in the 4200 block of West 18th Street, according to authorities. One person, identified by family as 33-year-old Demetrius Flowers, was shot in the chest and was later pronounced dead, according to police.
A total of seven more victims were shot during the incident, including a 14-year-old boy, who was shot in the thigh and taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition.
Police released audio of shots being fired in the area at the time of the shooting.
"Below is the sound that Chicago needs to change its ways on how we handle gun offenders," spokesman Anthony Guglielmi wrote on Twitter along with the audio clip. "Audio from the tragic shooting at 18th and Kildare yesterday shows that criminals have no deterrent to carrying illegal funs in our city and this is what residents and police are up against."
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson spoke about the audio in a press conference Monday morning calling it "horrific" and "ridiculous."
"When you listen to that audio as a citizen of this city you should be saying enough is enough and we have to change some things," he said.
Below is the sound that Chicago needs to change its ways on how we handle gun offenders. Audio from the tragic shooting at 18th & Kildare yesterday shows that criminals have no deterrent to carrying illegal guns in our city and this is what residents and police are up against. pic.twitter.com/VwixZwR0Vb— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) August 5, 2019
The shooting came in a weekend that saw a series of multi-victim shootings, culminating early Sunday morning when 25 people were shot in one four-hour span. At least seven people are dead and another 48 wounded in Chicago violence since Friday, authorities said.
Seven people were sent to area hospitals in a shooting that began when a gunman in a vehicle opened fire on a group of people near a playground in the city's Douglas Park neighborhood early Sunday. Police believe that nearly 75 shots were fired during the incident, with at least four or five people firing weapons.
"As a city, we have to stand up and do a hell of a lot more than we've done in a very long time," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday.