Warning Graphic, 4 Dead, 28 Wounded in Weekend Shootings across Chicago


(Sun Times Wire) Four people were killed and at least 28 others, including a 13-year-old boy, have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening. The weekend’s most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon in the South Shore neighborhood. The attack hap...

(Sun Times Wire) Four people were killed and at least 28 others, including a 13-year-old boy, have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

The weekend’s most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon in the South Shore neighborhood. The attack happened at 10:27 a.m. in the 2600 block of East 75th Street, according to Chicago Police. A 28-year-old man was shot repeatedly in the head and back and was pronounced dead at the scene, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. His identity had not been released Sunday night. A 26-year-old woman was shot in the lower back and taken in serious condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Another fatal shooting happened at 12:18 a.m. Sunday in the North Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Officers responded to a call of shots fired and found 22-year-old Jose Rico lying face down on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds to the body in the 5000 block of North Bernard, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Rico was pronounced dead at the scene.

Just before 9 p.m. Friday, someone walked up to 49-year-old Michael Hillard and shot him in his face in the 4700 block West Jackson in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police and the medical examiner’s office said. Hillard, who lived in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene about 15 minutes later.

Less than two hours earlier in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side, 27-year-old Juan Vargas was shot in the head by a person who walked up and opened fire, authorities said. Vargas was found about 7:10 p.m. Friday in the 4000 block of West 25th Place and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died less than an hour later. He lived in the West Elsdon neighborhood.

A 13-year-old boy was shot about 2:40 p.m. Saturday in a separate Little Village neighborhood attack. He was riding his bike in the 2500 block of South St. Louis when someone got out of a light-colored vehicle nearby and fired shots, striking him in the right arm, police said. The boy was taken in good condition to Stroger Hospital.

Earlier in Little Village, an armored car driver shot a person who tried to rob him with a sledgehammer, police and the FBI said. The driver, who works for the Garda armored car service, was making a delivery about 9:30 a.m. Saturday at a currency exchange in the 4300 block of West 26th Street when a male wearing a reflective vest hit him with a sledgehammer in an attempt to rob him. The guard shot the robber, who ran away, but was found nearby and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

At least 25 other people were wounded in citywide shootings between 5 p.m. Friday 9 p.m. Sunday, police said.

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Update, 20 Dead in Las Vegas Mass Shooting


At least twenty people are dead and 24 others are hospitalized in the wake of a mass shooting Sunday night at the Mandalay Bay hotel and resort on the Las Vegas Strip, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed. University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the hospital is stil...

At least twenty people are dead and 24 others are hospitalized in the wake of a mass shooting Sunday night at the Mandalay Bay hotel and resort on the Las Vegas Strip, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed.

University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the hospital is still evaluating the condition of “many patients” with gunshot wounds in the wake of the shooting, but at least 14 were in critical condition.

Police reported that one suspect had been taken down.

“We do have one suspect down, and we want people to steer clear of the area,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sgt. Jeff Clark told reporters at the scene.

“At this time we do not believe there are any more shooters,” police tweeted later.

Police were establishing a command post and triage center, and have shut down parts of the Strip.

Police also were investigating reports of a “suspicious device” down the street, outside the Luxor Hotel.

“We’re investigating reports of an active shooter near/around Mandalay Bay Casino. Asking everyone to please avoid the area,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.

Concertgoers at a Route 91 Harvest country music festival performance reported a burst of weapons fire as a Jason Aldean concert was underway. The shots appeared to be coming from an upper floor of the hotel, some witnesses said.

Video posted on social media showed a country artist mid-song at the open-air venue when bursts of automatic gunfire rang out in rapid succession. Dozens of concertgoers dropped to the ground, screaming, while others ran, some in pairs or in groups with their arms linked.

The shooting went on for about more than 30 seconds before the music stopped, and another burst was heard later.

“Get down, stay down,” one woman shouted. “Let’s go,” another voice said. Another wave of gunshots followed soon after.

Seth Bayles, of West Hollywood, Calif., said Aldean had been performing for about 20 minutes on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard, across the street from Mandalay Bay, when he heard shots.

“I thought it was like bottle rockets going off,” Bayles said. “Then we saw people dropping. We saw someone get hit and then we started running.”

Bayles said he was probably 50 feet from the stage when he heard the shots. “We saw people down all over the place.”

Bayles said Aldean was quickly pulled off stage, and soon after, the band was brought off as well.

Officials at McCarran International Airport reported that some flights have been diverted in the wake of the shootings. “Expect delays,” the airport said on Twitter.

Hospital personnel across Las Vegas have been paged to work, local media reported.

Parts of I-15 near the Strip were also shut down, and hotel guests across the strip were being ordered to shelter in place. Continue Reading

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1 Dead, 13 Wounded in Shootings on Saturday across Chicago

(Chicago Tribune) Fourteen people, including a 13-year-old boy, a would-be robber and a man who was found dead on the sidewalk above the Chicago River in North Park, were wounded in shootings from Saturday into Sunday. Three men in their 50s were shot about 8:10 p.m. in the 7500 block of South Union Avenue in…

2 Dead, 7 wounded over 6 Hour Period on Friday in Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) Gun violence claimed the lives of two men and wounded seven others in less than seven hours Friday night on the city’s West and Southwest sides. The most recent killing happened in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, Chicago Police said. Someone walked up to a 49-year-old man and shot him in his…

1 Dead, 5 Wounded in Shootings on Thursday in Chicago

(Chicago Tribune) A man was fatally shot and five other people were wounded, including a 14-year-old boy, in attacks in Chicago Thursday afternoon, police said. The fatal shooting happened shortly before 12:10 p.m., when two men were attacked in the East Chatham neighborhood, police said. One of them, 22, was shot in the abdomen after…

1 Dead, 13 Wounded in Shootings on Wednesday in Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) One man was killed and 13 other people were wounded, including a 14-year-old girl, in shootings Wednesday on Chicago’s South and West sides. An 18-year-old man was sitting in a vehicle with a passenger at 8:09 p.m. in the 2300 block of East 102nd Street, while 20-year-old Marques Lewis was walking up…

3 Dead, 4 Wounded in Shootings on Tuesday Across Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) Three men were killed and at least four other people, including a 15-year-old boy, were wounded in shootings Tuesday on the city’s South and West sides. A 44-year-old man was fatally shot about 8:15 p.m. in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. He was in the 12300 block of…

Cop Chasing Cop Kills Woman in Chicago


The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has released video footage of a crash that killed a woman and an off-duty Chicago Police officer following a police pursuit in June. On-duty officers in an unmarked police vehicle shortly before 1 a.m. on June 27 saw 32-year-old Offi...

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has released video footage of a crash that killed a woman and an off-duty Chicago Police officer following a police pursuit in June.

On-duty officers in an unmarked police vehicle shortly before 1 a.m. on June 27 saw 32-year-old Officer Taylor Clark driving his personal SUV near Roosevelt and Independence, authorities said at the time. Clark had finished his shift about 10 minutes earlier and was driving to his girlfriend’s home.

The SUV matched the description of a vehicle used in an earlier carjacking. After a short pursuit, the on-duty officers turned off their vehicle’s lights and left “a great distance” between their vehicle and Clark’s SUV, police said.

Police later said Clark’s vehicle was not the same vehicle used in the carjacking.

Clark drove his SUV through the intersection of Roosevelt and Kostner at “a high rate of speed” and collided with a car driven by 27-year-old Chequita Adams, authorities said. Adams was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 1:27 a.m., while Clark died at Stroger Hospital at 2:55 a.m.

The newly-released footage shows Clark’s SUV headed westbound on Roosevelt, while Adams’ car travels north on Kostner. The SUV can be seen running a red light, striking the passenger side of the car and sending both vehicles into a light pole on the northwest corner of the intersection, near a gas station. A police vehicle with its lights flashing can be seen pursuing Clark’s SUV.

The Independent Police Review Authority was initially scheduled to release a case report, 911 call audio recordings, dispatch audio recordings and videos by Aug. 25, or within 60 days of the crash, in accordance with the City of Chicago Video Release Policy.

However, in an Aug. 24 letter to the city’s Corporation Counsel, IPRA Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley asked for a 30-day extension to release the videos, claiming that releasing them on Aug. 25 would “(1) interfere with active administrative enforcement proceedings; (2) obstruct an ongoing criminal investigation; and (3) create a substantial likelihood that a person will be deprived of a fair trial or an impartial hearing.”

The case report and 911 audio records were posted to COPA’s website on Aug. 25.

In a letter dated Aug. 25, Chicago Corporation Counsel Edward N. Siskel granted the request for an extension, moving the deadline to release the videos to Sept. 25. Both letters were released in the case file on COPA’s website.

Adams’ family filed a federal lawsuit days after the crash, naming the City of Chicago, Clark’s estate and the unknown driver of the pursuing police vehicle as defandants, the Sun-Times reported at the time. The suit charges Clark with civil battery for “driving at reckless speeds though a residential neighborhood,” and claims the city should have disciplined the pursuing officer.

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Man Robbed, Beaten, Thrown into Lake Michigan Near Shed Aquarium

(WLS) A 23-year-old man who was walking on a path near the Shedd Aquarium was robbed, beaten and thrown into Lake Michigan just after midnight, police said. The victim said he was attacked by several males and a female in the 1200-block of South Lake Shore Drive on the city’s Museum Campus. The group took…

2 Dead, 7 Wounded in Shootings Across Chicago on Monday

(Sun Times Wire) Two people were killed and at least seven others were wounded in shootings Monday across Chicago. Officers responded at 9:47 p.m. to a call of shots fired in the 6400 block of South Langley in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side, where they found a male in an alley with multiple…

3 Women Stabbed in University Village Neighborhood

(Sun Times Wire) Three women were stabbed Monday night on the Near West Side. The women were stabbed about 8:14 p.m. in the 1300 block of West Washburne, Chicago Police said. A 27-year-old woman was stabbed in the abdomen and arm and transported to Stroger Hospital, police said. Her condition is unknown at this time.…

3 Dead, 36 Wounded in Shootings on First Fall Weekend in Chicago


(WLS) Three men were shot to death and at least 36 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning, marking a violent first weekend of the fall season. After the latest spate of gun violence, 473 people have been shot dead in the ...

(WLS) Three men were shot to death and at least 36 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning, marking a violent first weekend of the fall season.

After the latest spate of gun violence, 473 people have been shot dead in the city since the start of the year, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Friday marked the end of a violent summer season that left 184 people killed in city gun violence from June 21 to Sept. 21. The city has recorded at least 508 homicides so far in 2017.

A man was killed in a drive-by shooting about 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. Dashawn Townes, 34, was shot by someone in a silver vehicle in the 900-block of North Massasoit, according to Chicago police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Townes, who lived nearby, was struck in the neck and chest and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 10:07 a.m.

Officers responded to a call of a person shot shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday and found 33-year-old Andrew Dehart lying face down in the street in the 1500-block of South Trumbull in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side, authorities said. Dehart had been shot in the face and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m. He lived on the same block as the shooting.

About 8:15 p.m. Friday, a 28-year-old man was fatally shot in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said. He was traveling inside a vehicle in the 13700-block of South Torrence when another vehicle drove past and someone inside opened fire. The man was struck multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released.

The weekend’s latest nonfatal shooting happened at 2:43 a.m. Monday in the Fernwood neighborhood on the Far South Side. A 36-year-old man was in an argument in the 10100-block of South Wallace when another male pulled out a handgun and shot him in the right leg, police said. He was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized. A suspect was in custody early Monday as Area South detectives investigated.

At least 35 other people were wounded in Chicago shootings between 7:30 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.

Last weekend, 11 people were killed and 29 others wounded in citywide attacks between Friday evening and Monday morning.

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1 Dead, 14 Wounded in Shootings Across Chicago on Saturday

(Chicago Tribune) A man was killed and at least 14 others were wounded in city shootings from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning, including a triple shooting in the Lawndale neighborhood, authorities said. In the homicide, a 33-year-old man was shot in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, police said. Officers found him face down…

1 Dead, 15 Wounded in Shootings on Friday Across the City

(Sun Times Wire) A man was shot to death and at least 15 other people were wounded Friday evening in separate attacks across Chicago, marking a violent start to the first weekend of the fall season. After the latest killing, 471 people have been shot dead in the city since the start of the year,…

Chicago Cop Fires at Suspected Shooter in East Chatham

(Sun Times Wire) A Chicago Police officer fired at a suspect after a person was critically wounded early Saturday in a domestic-related shooting in the East Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. Officers responded to a call of “shots fired” at 4:33 a.m. and saw the 27-year-old suspect leaving an apartment with a weapon in…

2 Dead, 7 Wounded in Shootings Across the Chicagoland Area

(Chicago Tribune) Two men were killed and at least seven others were wounded Thursday into early Friday in shootings across Chicago. The fatal attack happened about 12:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of North Monitor Avenue in the West Side’s Austin neighborhood. Police later changed the address to the 5800 block of West Cortland Avenue.…

1 Dead, 11 Wounded in Shootings on Tuesday Across Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) A man was killed and at least 11 other people were wounded in shootings Tuesday on Chicago’s South and West sides. Issac Harper, 21, was shot to death at 9:38 p.m. in the Longwood Manor neighborhood on the South Side. He was sitting on a back porch in the 9700 block of…

1 Dead, 5 Wounded in Shootings on Monday Across Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) A man was killed and five other people were wounded in shootings Monday across Chicago’s South and West sides. The fatal shooting happened at 11:34 p.m. in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side. The 28-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk in the 2900 block of South Arch Street when shots…

Fugitive Chicago Cop Arrested after nearly 15 years on the RUN

(ABC) A former Chicago police sergeant wanted on federal drug and conspiracy charges was arrested in Detroit after nearly 15 years on the run, the FBI announced Tuesday. Eddie Hicks was the alleged ringleader of a crew of five men that posed as federal drug agents to shake down drug dealers for cash and narcotics.…

Pregnant Woman One of 4 Shot, Killed in Brighton Park Rifle Attack


Maggio News Video (Chicago Tribune) Four people, including a woman police believe was pregnant, were killed on Friday night in a rifle attack in the Brighton Park neighborhood. The shooting happened about 8:40 p.m. in the 4700 block of South Fairfield Avenue, police said. T...

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(Chicago Tribune) Four people, including a woman police believe was pregnant, were killed on Friday night in a rifle attack in the Brighton Park neighborhood.

The shooting happened about 8:40 p.m. in the 4700 block of South Fairfield Avenue, police said. Three males, ages currently unknown, and a woman were inside a vehicle when someone inside a white SUV opened fire on them with a rifle, police said.

Responding police officers found their bodies inside the vehicle and they were pronounced dead on the scene. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the woman was believed to be pregnant, but police won’t know for sure until the autopsy.

The Brighton Park neighborhood and the nearby Back of the Yards neighborhood have been the scene of dozens of rifle shootings that have occurred since early 2016.

In February, the Chicago Tribune reported that gangs in the two neighborhoods were increasingly using rifles styled after AR-15s and AK-47s. At the time, there had been more than 30 shootings believed to have been tied to semi-automatic rifles in the two neighborhoods over the last year.

At least 46 people were shot in those attacks, 13 fatally.

The shooting happened near the office of Ald. Raymond Lopez, 15th, who sparked a firestorm this past spring when he said “no innocent lives were lost” after two people were killed and eight others wounded when two masked gunmen with rifles opened fire on a group congregating at a makeshift memorial for a man who had been slain in an earlier shooting.

Community members gathered at both ends of the crime scene on Friday to gawk, check on their loved ones and find out what happened.

Maria Mier, who lives nearby, said she saw a rush of ambulances and heard what sounded like “a machine gun.”

An EMS Plan I was called on Friday, sending at least six ambulances to the scene, but the plan was called off a short time later when police took over the incident as a crime scene, said Chicago Fire Department Cmd. Frank Velez. None of the multiple victims were taken to hospitals, Velez said.

Two men on the scene, who asked not to be identified, said they heard what sounded like a rifle firing and a car chase. Continue Reading

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Video Warning, Chicago Cops Shoot Armed Passenger in Belmont Central Neighborhood


IPRA released dashcam video Thursday of a Chicago police officer firing shots at a man who was allegedly holding a gun in the back seat of a vehicle on July 16 in the Belmont Central neighborhood. The 18-year-old man was shot by at least one Chicago Police officer early on the ...

IPRA released dashcam video Thursday of a Chicago police officer firing shots at a man who was allegedly holding a gun in the back seat of a vehicle on July 16 in the Belmont Central neighborhood.

The 18-year-old man was shot by at least one Chicago Police officer early on the Northwest Side.

At 3:07 a.m., Grand Central District officers pulled over a vehicle in the alley in the 2800 block of North Mulligan after the driver committed an alleged traffic violation, according to a police statement.

Officers approached the vehicle and saw someone armed with a gun in the back seat, police said. An officer and a sergeant fired their weapons, striking him in the arm and leg.

He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where his condition had stabilized, police said. No officers were injured.

A weapon was recovered at the scene, police said.

The officers involved in the incident will be placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days, per Chicago Police Department policy. The Independent Police Review Authority will investigate the shooting.

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IPRA Video Independent Police Review Authority. On July 16th 2017 at around 3 am Chicago cops from the grand central district pulled over a car on a routine traffic stop in an alley at 2800 N Mulligan the Belmont Central neighborhood. When cops approached the car they could see there were four heads in the car, so they called for backup.

As Officers they argued with the driver for his license, the cops saw that one of the back seat passengers, a 18 year old man had a gun in his hand the man can be heard in the video threatening the cops, as they argued with him to put the gun down, the man refused and 2 cops opened fire striking the man in his arm and leg.

The man was taken away by ambulance to Loyola hospital where his condition was stabilized. A gun was recovered on the scene. Both officers that fired shots were placed on thirty-day administrative leave.
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1 Dead, 4 Wounded in Shootings on Thursday in Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) A man was killed and at least four other people were wounded in shootings Thursday across the city’s South and West sides. Officers responding to a call of shots fired in the South Side Englewood neighborhood found 24-year-old Dantrell Morgan about 2:10 a.m. in a grassy area in the 7100 block of…

1 Dead, 6 Wounded in Shootings on Wednesday in Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) A man was killed and at least six other people were wounded in shootings Wednesday across Chicago. At 12:03 a.m., 40-year-old Jawon Jermaine Garrett was with a group of males in the 2300 block of West Madison on the Near West Side when two more males walked up and fired shots, according…

3 Dead, 6 Wounded in Shootings on Tuesday in Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) Nine people were shot, three of them fatally, on Tuesday across Chicago. The most recent fatal shooting happened at 3:38 p.m. in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. A 30-year-old man was standing outside in the 300 block of South Kilbourn when another male walked up, pulled out a…

5 Wounded in Shootings on Monday

(Sun Times Wire) Five people were wounded in shootings Monday across Chicago. Most recently, a man was shot in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side. The 25-year-old was walking in an alley about 10:25 p.m. in the 5300 block of South Indiana when he heard shots and felt pain, according to Chicago Police.…

1 Dead, 7 Wounded in Shootings on Thursday across Chicago

(Chicago Tribune) About four blocks west of an officer-involved shooting late Thursday, a man was shot dead in a car parked on a Lawndale street early Friday morning. In the homicide, a 30-year-old man was shot in the head and found unresponsive in a car in the 1100 block of South Troy Street just before…

3 People Shot, Killed in Joliet Home

(ABC 7) Three people were found dead Thursday afternoon inside a southwest suburban Joliet home. Officers were sent to the single-family home about 2:50 p.m. in the 2000- block of Great Falls Drive for a death investigation, according to Police Chief Brian Benton. Police believe a party at the home lasted into the early morning…

2 Men Shot on Dan Ryan Expressway

(WGN) Two men were reportedly injured in a shooting incident on the northbound express lanes of I-94 near 71st St. Thursday afternoon. A 27-year-old male and a 21-year-old male were shot and drove themselves to St. Bernard Hospital. They were going to be transferred to Stroger Hospital, but there is no word on their condition…

2 Dead, 8 Wounded in Shootings on Wednesday Across Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) Two men were killed and at least eight other people were wounded in shootings Wednesday on the South and West sides. About 9:45 p.m., a 25-year-old man was shot in the head while he was standing on a porch in the 6300 block of South Carpenter in the Englewood neighborhood on the…

Arkansas Gunrunner Supplied Guns to Chicago Gangs

(ABC 7) Klint Kelley left Chicago for rural Arkansas as teenager, hoping to get away from gangs and violence he’d known as city life. But federal prosecutors say as an adult, Kelley stayed connected to his hometown by trafficking guns. Kelley, 27, was arrested in Chicago Ridge on Sunday after driving 10 hours from his…

Boy 14, Killed, 6 Wounded in Shootings on Tuesday

(Sun Times Wire) A 14 year old boy was killed and six other people were wounded in shootings Tuesday across Chicago. The boy was shot shortly after 5 p.m. in the South Chicago neighborhood. He was standing on the sidewalk in the 8000 block of South Manistee when a person approached him, pulled out a…

7 Dead, 35 Wounded in Shootings, Labor Day Weekend in Chicago


Maggio News Video, Chicago Police credited a pre-holiday round-up of troublemakers and 1,300 extra officers on the streets each day with a year-to-year decline in shootings over Labor Day weekend. Between 11 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Tuesday, seven people were killed and 35 others...

Maggio News Video, Chicago Police credited a pre-holiday round-up of troublemakers and 1,300 extra officers on the streets each day with a year-to-year decline in shootings over Labor Day weekend.

Between 11 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Tuesday, seven people were killed and 35 others were wounded in shootings across the city, according to Chicago Sun-Times records.

First Deputy Supt. Kevin Navarro, leading the department while Supt. Eddie Johnson recovers from kidney transplant surgery, said Monday night that violence was down from last year. By 8 p.m. Monday, CPD officers had seized more than 100 guns.

“That’s more than one gun an hour so far,” Navarro said during a brief press conference outside the 7th District headquarters in Englewood.

“We still have the rest of the night to go so we know that’s a challenge, we aren’t declaring victory. One shooting, one murder, that’s too much for us.”

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement that, according to CPD records, murders had decreased 46 percent and shootings had decreased 30 percent between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday compared to the same period of the Labor Day weekend last year. Guglielmi said these were the lowest shootings and murder statistics during the holiday weekend since 2014.

On Thursday and Friday, CPD officers arrested some 140 people who are “driving violence” in the city, Navarro said, citing a tactic the department has used ahead of summer holiday weekends for several years.

Between Friday night and Monday morning of the city’s Labor Day weekend last year, the city tallied 13 people dead and 52 others wounded in shootings citywide. Navarro said the department was able to target the deployment of the extra officers more effectively using Strategic Decision Support Centers in several districts, a program the department has expanded since last year.

The seven deaths this weekend, including the killing of a 15-year-old boy Monday evening, were the latest casualties of Chicago’s gun violence that has taken the lives of at least 438 people since the start of 2017, according to data maintained by the Sun-Times.

The holiday weekend’s latest killing happened at 10:55 p.m. Monday in the LeClaire Courts neighborhood on the Southwest Side. A 38-year-old man was on the sidewalk in the 4400 block of South Lawler when two people walked up to him and opened fire, according to police. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The 15-year-old boy was shot to death about three hours earlier during an argument in the Southwest Side Lawndale neighborhood. He was on the sidewalk about 7:50 p.m. in front of a home in the 1500 block of South Drake when he started arguing with a group of people, police said. During the argument, someone pulled out a gun and shot him in the back.

He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died.

A man and woman died in an apparent murder-suicide about 6:35 p.m. Monday in the 4900 block of West Washington in the West Side Austin neighborhood, police said. The 26-year-old woman had been shot multiple times, and the 34-year-old man had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. They were both taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where they were pronounced dead. Police said the shooting was believed to be a “domestic incident.”

The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not provided information on any of those fatalities.

About 10:40 p.m. Sunday, 26-year-old Felipe Batista Jr. was killed and another man was wounded in a Belmont Central neighborhood shooting on the Northwest Side, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Batista and the 29-year-old man were standing on the sidewalk in the 5900 block of West Belden when another male walked up and opened fire. Batista, who lived a block away, was shot in the torso and pronounced dead at the scene. The other man was shot in the abdomen and taken in critical condition to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

About two hours earlier, 20-year-old Jeremy Tang was found shot in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the Far South Side, authorities said. Tang, who lived in the Beverly neighborhood, was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest about 8:40 p.m. in the driver’s side of a vehicle in the 800 block of West 102nd Street. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died.

At 5:02 a.m. Saturday, another man was found shot to death in the West Side Austin neighborhood, authorities said. He was found lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head in the 1000 block of North Waller. The man, whose age was unknown, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner’s office has not released his name, pending notification of his family.

About four hours earlier, a man was shot to death and three other people were wounded in a Gresham neighborhood attack on the South Side. James McChristian, 26, was with another man and two women, sitting on the front porch of a house about 1:20 a.m. Saturday in the 8300 block of South Hermitage when three people got out of a white car parked behind the house, walked up to them and opened fire, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

McChristian, who lived nearby, was shot in the chest and abdomen and was pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center less than an hour later, authorities said. The other man, 23, was shot in the shoulder and was listed in good condition at Christ Medical Center. A 25-year-old woman was also taken to Christ and stabilized with gunshot wounds to the arm and abdomen. Another woman, 23, was shot in the leg and was listed in good condition at Christ.

At least 31 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city between 11 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.

Seven people were killed and at least 25 others were wounded in shootings last weekend.

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