More than 60 people were shot in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend. At least 9 have died. Police fired their weapons in five of the incidents.
The most recent fatality is a 21-year-old man whom relatives say was sitting in a car on the 5200-block of West Lake Street when someone approached the vehicle and shot him in the head. His 19-year-old cousin was also injured.
Sunday evening, multiple shootings were reported, including several on the Far South Side. At 132nd Street and Prairie, a woman was shot in the arm and a man in the stomach following one incident. Blocks away, a woman in her 60′s was grazed in the head by a stray bullet while standing on her front porch.
On Saturday night, police fatally shot 16-year-old Warren Robinson. Officials say he was hiding under a car with a gun that he pointed at an officer. His mother says that’s not true.
“He didn’t have a gun on him,” Georgina Utendahl said. “I have witnesses who saw him running from other people and police shot him.”
Despite this weekend’s significant uptick in violence, officials say recent statistics show the number of shootings and homicides are down overall for the year.
“We’re celebrating independence, but we feel like we’re in prison,” [Fr. Michael Pfleger] said. “It’s unacceptable. We wouldn’t accept in in Iraq, we shouldn’t accept in it Chicago.”
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