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Eight people were murdered in Chicago, with 42 total people shot – including at least two teenagers – in what was said to have been the Windy City’s most violent weekend year-to-date, according to police and reports on Monday.
There were 32 shootings and eight murders reported from 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 a.m. Sunday, Chicago Police Department statistics show. Even before the end of the day on Sunday, the Chicago Sun-Times called it the city’s “most violent weekend this year.”
Victims include at least nine people who were wounded in four drive-by shootings, CPD said.
Bullet casings litter the street as police investigate the scene of a shooting on West Congress Parkway in Chicago, Feb. 22, 2022.
(Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
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The drive-by incident with the highest casualty count was reported around 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the West Englewood neighborhood. Police said four men, ranging in age from 24 to 65, were standing on the sidewalk around West Garfield Boulevard when a gray-colored vehicle drove by and someone inside opened fire.
A SWAT team was called to Northwestern Hospital in Chicago following a phone threat, according to Chicago police.
(WFLD Fox 32 Chicago)
Two victims, ages 42 and 48, each suffered multiple gunshot wounds; they were rushed to local hospitals, but could not be saved. The 24-year-old victim was shot in the back and the left arm and was listed in serious condition, police said. The 65-year-old man was shot in the back three times and in his right leg twice. His condition was not immediately known, police said.
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Meanwhile, two teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were shot in separate incidents on Saturday and Sunday, CPD said. Both victims were expected to survive.
Total crime in Chicago is up 35% year-to-date as of April 17, CPD said. But murder and shootings were the only two offense types that have seen year-to-date decreases so far.
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Murders are down 10%, from 174 last year to 157 so far in 2022 as of April 17, CPD statistics show. Shootings are down 15%, from 729 in 2021 to 622 so far this year.