The long Fourth of July weekend got off to a violent start in Chicago as at least 15 people were shot, including two young teens, across the city since Thursday.
The weekend’s first homicide took place shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday in the 3800 block of West Monroe Street when two women were shot in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side.
Police believe a botched drug deal may have been the cause of the shooting. Four masked men were seen firing guns, and stray bullets struck the women sitting on a porch nearby.
One woman, 21, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The second person, also 21, was shot in the arm, police said.
On Friday, a man was killed and another man was wounded in a shooting at a strip mall at 63rd Street and Damen Avenue.
Police said the men were standing outside a building when a black vehicle pulled up and someone inside the vehicle opened fire, striking both men.
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A 34-year-old man was taken to Holy Cross Hospital and later pronounced dead. A 35-year-old man was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.
Area South detectives are investigating the shooting, police said.
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The weekend’s first shooting involved a 14-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl, who were walking in the 4100 block of South Dearborn Street just after 3 p.m., police said.
The teens were walking southbound on Dearborn Street when someone in a vehicle heading northbound opened fire at them, according to authorities.
The 14-year-old boy was shot in the thigh and the 13-year-old girl suffered a graze wound to the thigh, officials said. Both teens were taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in stable condition and the girl has since been released.
Police said the boy is a documented gang member.
At least nine other people were shot in Chicago overnight.
- A man was seriously wounded after he was shot by police in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood around 11:20 a.m., according to authorities. Chicago police said officers were at the scene Friday afternoon and observed the man drinking on the sidewalk. He fled the officers on foot and led them on a chase through an apartment complex where he forced his way into an occupied residence, according to a police statement. The officers confronted the man in a backyard gangway area and the man told them he had a gun and reached for his waistband. Officers then shot them man, wounding him. The Chicago Fire Department said the man was transported to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston in serious-to-critical condition.
- Around 5:20 a.m., a 21-year-old man walked into Mercy Hospital and Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the thigh. The man told police he was shot at 47th and Ada streets.
- Around the same time, an 18-year-old man was shot in the 4300 block of South Wood Street. The man told officers he was standing on the block when someone got out of a vehicle and fired at him. He was shot in the upper left leg and took himself to University of Illinois Chicago Hospital. He was later transferred to Stroger Hospital where he was treated and released, police said.
- About an hour earlier, police shot a man in the 7400 block of South Vincennes Avenue. Officers responding to a call about a person with a gun saw a man at the mouth of an alley and approached him to “conduct a field interview,” police said in a statement. The man fled on foot and while officers chased him he allegedly pointed his weapon at the officers, according to authorities. Officers shot the man, 23, in the chest and he was transported to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.
- Around 3:45 a.m. an 18-year-old woman was shot in the buttocks in the 2400 block of Homan Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood Homan Avenue. Details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.
- Around 2:30 a.m., a 29-year-old man walked into Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the calf. The man told police he was walking eastbound in the 3500 block of West Lake Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood when he overheard a loud verbal altercation across the street between a group of men, police said. The man then said he heard shots and felt pain, according to authorities. He was transported by someone at the scene and was expected to be treated and released.
- Just before 3 a.m., someone walked into Saint Bernard Hospital in Healthcare Center and told police they were shot in the leg around 3 p.m. Thursday in the 8600 block of South Racine Avenue.
- Two hours earlier, a 56-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 7400 block of South Winchester Avenue. The man was taken to University of Chicago Hospital in good condition. Police said the man was highly intoxicated and unable to tell them what happened. Area Central detectives are investigating.
- Around 9:45 p.m. Thursday, a 21-year-old man was shot in the 600 block of North Ridgeway Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Police said the man was shot in the stomach and arm and suffered a graze wound to the face. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.