More than 100 shot on long hol­i­day week­end

Nearly half of shoot­ings from 3:30 p.m. Tues­day to 3:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Peter Nick­eas, Elvia Malagon and Elyssa Ch­er­ney Chicago Tri­bune

CHICAGO» The Windy City saw one of its most vi­o­lent Fourth of July weekends in re­cent years: At least 101 peo­ple were shot be­tween Fri­day af­ter­noon and early Wed­nes­day, nearly half of them over 12 hours as the long hol­i­day drew to a close. Four­teen of the wounded died.

The last time the Fourth hol­i­day spanned four full days was in 2013, when July 4 fell on a Thurs­day and many peo­ple had Fri­day off. At least 74 peo­ple were shot be­tween Wed­nes­day evening and early Mon­day that year, and 12 of them died, ac­cord­ing to Tri­bune data.

The vi­o­lence this year was con­fined largely to the South and West sides, in­clud­ing dis­tricts where the depart­ment has in­stalled what it calls strate­gic sup­port cen­ters and pre­dic­tive tech­nol­ogy. Hun­dreds of of­fi­cers on over­time also were deployed to those dis­tricts.

The youngest per­son shot dur­ing the week­end was a 13-year-old boy se­ri­ously wounded in Gage Park on Fri­day night. The old­est per­son shot was a 60-year-old man in the Lawn­dale neigh­bor­hood.

The week­end had been rel­a­tively calm by early Tues­day af­ter­noon when po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Ed­die John­son an­nounced the ar­rests of 58 peo­ple on drug and gun charges “to keep res­i­dents and vis­i­tors safe in ev­ery neigh­bor­hood.”

But within hours, vi­o­lence erupted in nearly ev­ery po­lice dis­trict south of North Av­enue, ac­cord­ing to data kept by the Tri­bune. At least 41 peo­ple were shot be­tween 3:30 p.m. Tues­day and 3:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day.

Only two of those 41 were shot north of Chicago Av­enue. The two men, 19 and 52, were wounded around 8:15 p.m. in the 1600 block of North Ma­jor Av­enue, the same block where an 8year-old girl was shot last sum­mer.

Sun­day and Mon­day nights had both been calm, by sum­mer stan­dards, with 17 peo­ple shot over the two days, ac­cord­ing to Tri­bune data. The week­end be­gan more vi­o­lently, with 19 peo­ple shot Fri­day night and 23 on Satur­day.

The Har­ri­son Dis­trict on the West Side, which had gone with­out any shoot­ings dur­ing the Memo­rial Day week­end, recorded 14 peo­ple shot on the long Fourth week­end.

At one homi­cide scene in the dis­trict, on­look­ers peeked around the en­trance to the Green Line sta­tion at Pu­laski Road and Lake Street, try­ing to get a glimpse of the body of a man chased down and shot early Wed­nes­day.

The shoot­ing hap­pened on two sides of a pop­u­lar West Side liquor store. Of­fi­cers found shell cas­ings and one man shot be­hind the store, next to an al­ley. The other wounded man fell face-up on a side­walk un­der­neath the el­e­vated train tracks.

A garbage can fire burned as of­fi­cers counted shell cas­ings and draped tape from sup­port pil­lars hold­ing up the L tracks. A fire en­gine backed down the al­ley, and fire­fight­ers dumped the trash and pumped wa­ter from a tin can onto the smol­der­ing waste.

The week­end vi­o­lence brings the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple shot in Chicago this year to more than 1,800, still be­low the 2,035 recorded at this time last year, ac­cord­ing to Tri­bune data.

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