Five killed, 35 wounded by gunfire over Chicago weekend
CHICAGO — At least five people were killed and 35 others were wounded by gunfire in Chicago over the weekend, the city’s most violent since the long Labor Day holiday.
Shootings were reported from the Austin neighborhood on the West Side to the Roseland neighborhood on the South Side. None occurred downtown or on the
North Side. The most violent police districts were the 10th and 11th on the West Side that have born the brunt of gun violence all year, according to data kept by the Tribune.
The weekend toll was 12 higher than last weekend, when 20 people were wounded and 8 were killed. It was the highest number of gunshot victims since the three-day Labor Day weekend, when at least 44 people were shot, nine fatally.
Shootings in Chicago are down by about 10% compared to this time last year, while homicides are down about 11%, according to Tribune data. At least 2,214 people have been shot so far this year, 472 of them fatally.
The youngest person killed this past weekend was 16-year-old Frank Looney, who was shot Saturday night in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side. He and two other teens were standing on a back porch in the 3400 block of West Flournoy
Street about 10 p.m. when two gunmen opened fire from the bottom of the stairs, police said.
Looney was shot in the head and chest, and died at Stroger Hospital. He lived on the Near West Side, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. A 17-year-old girl was struck in both legs and a 16-year-old boy was wounded in the right leg, police said.
An ambulance responding to the shooting collided with a
Chicago police squad car about 10 minutes later, sending two officers and two paramedics to the hospital.
The most recent homicide happened early Monday during another triple shooting, claiming the life of a 24-year-old man and wounding two others in Austin. The three were standing on a sidewalk in the 5500 block of West North Avenue just after midnight when someone in a car fired at them, police said.