Six were killed and another two dozen shot, including a 13-year-old boy, over the chilly weekend in Chicago, police report.
Often when temperatures drop, so do the shootings, but while this weekend wasn’t as bloody as the recent Memorial Day weekend, two and one half dozen people were shot during the unseasonably chilly temperatures in the Windy City.
The youngest victim was a 13-year-old boy who was critically injured on Saturday afternoon on the city’s West Side.
The child was a victim of a random shot from a driveby shooter as he sat with his family in a car. The family drove the boy to the hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.
Almost all the gunfire was gang related.
But one death was a result of an argument and likely robbery when a 25-year-old suburban man named Kevin O’Malley got in an argument with a 22-year-old black man. Police report that Kristopher Pitts shot O’Malley twice in the chest during an argument and possible robbery over O’Malley’s cell phone. Police charged the shooter with first-degree murder and armed robbery.
In other shooting news, the four-year-old girl who was shot last weekend as she attended a graduation party has been transferred from a Chicago hospital to a Minnesota hospital to get better medical attention.
So far to date, 146 people have been shot and killed in Chicago, 844 have been shot and wounded, and another 26 were murdered on top of those killed by gunfire.
Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter: @warnerthuston. Email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.