Bloody Chicago 3 Dead, 41 Wounded in Weekend Shootings

(Chicago Tribune) Forty one people in Chicago were wounded and three were killed in a weekend that saw several multi victim shootings, an attack on a popular South Side beach and an officer involved shooting that fatally wounded a suspect who first shot at police.

Year to date, 2016 recorded 2,113 shootings compared with 1,924 this year, according to date kept by the Tribune. Homicides, however, are slightly up at 353 this year compared with 350 at this point in 2017.

The weekend’s first homicide came just before 11:20 p.m. Saturday when an argument at an Englewood gas station escalated. A 27-year-old man, whom relatives identified as Gregory Johnson, was pronounced dead at St. Bernard Hospital shortly after the shooting in the parking lot of a Super Save gas station in the 6600 block of South Halsted Street. He was shot in the right shoulder and right arm, police said.

In the Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side, a man was killed in a confrontation with Chicago police officers after he fired at them two times on Sunday morning, police said. Police arrived in the 2700 block of North Leclaire Avenue after a woman reported to police that the man was holding hostage his girlfriend and her child. The man was shot to death by police about 11 a.m. after running from police, jumping off a roof and firing at least two shots at officers, authorities said.

A shooting at Rainbow Beach in the South Shore neighborhood injured three people and caused panic at the popular summer destination.

Three people, including a 15-year-old boy, were wounded in the shooting about 7:25 p.m. at Rainbow Beach Park, near the 3100 block of East 77th Street, according to police. The boy suffered a gunshot wound to the lower back; a 20-year-old man was shot in the right forearm; and a 37-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg, according to police. All three were taken to South Shore Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized, according to police.

Three other weekend shootings injured three people each. They happened in the 9300 block of South Halsted and in the 6400 block of South King Drive. Three people also were shot in a car in the 4200 block of West Roosevelt Road. Two police cars, containing a total of four officers, crashed into each other as they were responding to the incident, police said. They were taken to area hospitals to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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