Chicago sees at least five deadly shootings over July 4th weekend

Chicago, Illinois — A 24-year-old woman was fatally wounded, and two men were injured in a shooting in Chinatown, marking just one of at least five fatal attacks in Chicago as the July 4th holiday weekend began.

July 4th weekend has already seen at least 35 shooting victims, and at least five deaths.
July 4th weekend has already seen at least 35 shooting victims, and at least five deaths.  © SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

High numbers of shooting victims have been reported in Chicago this weekend, with as many as 35 people wounded across the city.

One of the fatal shootings in Chicago's Chinatown happened shortly before 11 PM Friday local time in the 2200 block of South Wentworth Avenue, Chicago police said.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired and found a woman shot in the torso. She was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

A 42-year-old man suffered a wound to the hand and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition. Another 38-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

One person was in police custody for exchanging gunfire with a second person, who fled. A weapon was recovered at the scene, police said.

Just an hour later, around 12:15 AM local time on Saturday, a 30-year-old man was shot in the head in the South Chicago neighborhood in the 9000 block of South Escanaba Avenue, police said.

According to law enforcement, he was shot in the head by someone who fled the scene on foot. He was taken to U of C Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Chicago sees more deaths from gun violence

Chicago police have responded to multiple fatal shooting crimes in Chi-Town over the holiday weekend.
Chicago police have responded to multiple fatal shooting crimes in Chi-Town over the holiday weekend.  © KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP

Another man was fatally shot while early Sunday morning in Brighton Park on Chi-Town's Southwest Side. At about 3 AM local time, the 35-year-old man was in the passenger seat of a car driving in the 3800 block of South Kedzie Avenue when he was struck in the neck by gunfire, Chicago police said. He was later pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Earlier in the weekend, shortly before 5:45 PM local time on Friday, a 26-year-old man was also fatally shot in the West Englewood neighborhood in the 6500 block of South Wolcott Avenue.

He was near the sidewalk when someone approached and opened fire, striking him in the arm and head. He was taken to U of C Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Elsewhere, a 17-year-old girl was killed shortly after 3 PM local time Friday around the start of the holiday weekend in the Lawndale neighborhood in the 2500 block of South Kolin Avenue, police said.

The girl was in a parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant when she was approached by someone on a bicycle who opened fire, striking her in the torso. She got herself to St. Anthony’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead. A person of interest was being questioned by police.

She was identified as Tierra Franklin of the 3700 block of West Cermak Road, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The murders come as gun violence has ramped up in the city, and across the county.

Cover photo: KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP

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