Memorial Day Shootings Leave 5 Dead and 29 Injured
At least 34 people have been shot, five of them were killed, during one of the most violent weekends in the city of Chicago. Shootings broke out across the city on Memorial Day weekend.
Police in Chicago spent most of the Memorial Day weekend diffusing dangerous situations and responding to violent shootings. They are questioning people of interest in two shootings in the Little Italy neighborhood which left three people dead and three others injured.
In a separate incident, a total of six people were shot and two were killed after gunfire broke out on Sunday morning in the Near West Side area. Before the first shooting, police said officers had been called to the area several times.
Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago is known for being one of the most dangerous and violent. To my friends and family, please be safe.— Joshua Short (@JoshuaShortWNDU) May 26, 2019
This is sadly your normal. Many may not understand this.
I ask that if you don’t, seek understanding and pray for those who do get it. https://t.co/D3Q32lHVDK
They were forced to clear out crowds of people gathering in the area for a party. Tatiana Serrano, a resident in the neighborhood, said:
"Out of nowhere you hear shots fired."
Officers then responded to a call of a man firing shots in the area. They found several men and women injured and two men in their 20s were taken to Stroger Hospital where they were pronounced dead.
CHICAGO VIOLENCE: The latest violent outburst is a mass shooting in Little Italy, where six have been shot and two of those victims have died. Sadly, overall, 26 people have been shot and five have died since Friday. @ABC7Chicago pic.twitter.com/M0x4e8N8sF— Stacey Baca (@StaceyBacaABC7) May 26, 2019
Investigators believe this shooting was connected to another shooting in the area earlier on Sunday morning. That shooting left one man dead and a woman injured.
"If they would have stopped it the first time and didn't allow the party to happen, two young people wouldn't have lost their life," Serrano said.
These incidents were just a few of the many incidents that broke out across Chicago over the weekend. Many left police officers injured as well.
Historically, Memorial Day weekend has been one of Chicago’s most violent of the year. https://t.co/AEcfBBzhMj— NPR (@NPR) May 26, 2017
On Saturday night in the 400 block of 77th Street on the city's South Side, a 43-year-old man was killed and another man was injured in a shooting. Then on Sunday night, Chicago Police shot a man near Whipple and Fillmore on the West Side of the city.
Mayor Lightfoot promised to have 1,200 additional police officers in the area.
Officers said they found a man drinking in public and ran into an alley. He allegedly shot at the officers that followed him and Police fired back. The man is currently in critical condition.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday she’s “flooding the zone” — with 1,200 additional police officers, dozens of religious leaders and more than 100 youth programs — to prevent Memorial Day weekend from turning violent. https://t.co/IcWCNX7Q9h pic.twitter.com/yd0piCd7XS— Ashlee Rezin Garcia (@Ashlee_Rezin) May 23, 2019
The spike of gun violence over the weekend comes just days after Mayor Lightfoot promised to have 1,200 additional police officers in the area. She also vowed to have dozens of religious leaders and more than 100 youth programs to try and stem the violence.
"We have all come together to use every tool in our tool box to make sure we emphasize the important of keeping our city safe," Mayor Lightfoot said.
Last year, eight people were killed and 25 injured in shootings across the city Memorial Day Weekend.
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