It was another dangerous series of days to be in Chicago over the weekend as 42 were shot and five were killed. In one 16-hour period, 16 were shot with one killed.
From 1 PM on Friday to 2 Am early on Monday morning, the body count tallied higher than the bloodletting of the same day in the last two years, with several shooting incidents once again featuring multiple victims at once.
Friday blasted in with ten shooting victims, of which two died, with one of the incidents featuring a pair of victims in the same incident.
Two more incidents with multiple victims occurred overnight on Sunday, too, with four victims in a shooting in the Grand Crossing neighborhood and another three victims in an incident in the Douglas area.
One of the incidents on Sunday involved a civilian employee of the Chicago Police Department, who when confronted by a trio of armed robbers drew his own pistol and wounded one of the assailants, causing the rest to flee. The CPD employee was not injured.
Sunday also saw a flurry of shootings over the second half of the day, with 16 shootings and one death in a single 16-hour period.
The fatal shooting occurred when a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest at around 3:30 PM. A 14-year-old girl was also wounded that same afternoon.
The number of shootings was up this weekend over the same weekend for the last two years. The 42 shot and 5 killed this weekend was up over the 7 killed and 34 wounded in 2015 and the 2 killed and 30 wounded for 2014.
The weekend’s carnage was a capper for another dangerous week in neighborhoods already drenched in blood. In the Austin neighborhood, for instance, five were shot on the very same block where six were shot the weekend before.
The totals so far this year find an incredible 2,319 citizens shot with 340 shot and killed.
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