(Chicago Tribune) Chicago recorded its 300th homicide over the Father’s Day weekend, just like it did last year.
The somber milestone was reached around 2:30 a.m. Monday when a 33-year-old man was gunned down during a burst of violence that saw four people killed and 13 others wounded over just five hours Sunday evening through early Monday, according to data kept by the Tribune.
At one point, officers working a double-shooting on the Near West Side late Sunday night had to duck for cover when shots were fired blocks away.
“That’s pretty arrogant to do so much shooting when the police are there,” said a 65-year-old man who was sitting on his porch in the 2400 block of West Jackson Boulevard when the gunfire erupted on either side of his brick home. “It’s ridiculous but it’s been going on forever.”
Over the entire weekend, 11 people were killed and at least 50 others were shot across the city. The toll was similar to last Father’s Day weekend when 13 people were killed and 46 others were shot, according to Tribune data.
Last year, Chicago recorded its 300th homicide on June 17. This year, it came two days later, Tribune data shows.
The Chicago Police Department’s tally is slightly lower because it does not count killings on area expressways, police-involved shootings or homicides where someone was killed in self-defense. As of early Monday, the department had logged 296 homicides for the year.
Among those killed this past weekend were Shirley Ervin, 69, and her husband, Johnnie Ervin, 67, known as “mom and pop” on their block in North Austin. A relative found them around 1:10 a.m. Sunday inside their home in the 1400 block of North Leclaire Avenue. They had been stabbed to death, authorities said.
Shirley Ervin, a retired postal worker, had been ill lately and her husband was caring for her, neighbors said. “I can’t believe it,” said a woman who checked on them regularly. “She was sick, and they stayed in the house. They didn’t bother anyone.”
In Little Village to the south, 3-year-old Jazebel Aleman was found dead early Sunday in an apartment in the 2500 block of South Homan Avenue. An autopsy found she suffered multiple injuries from an assault, authorities said.
And in the Back of the Yards, four people were hit by rifle fire in separate attacks Saturday, according to police. One of them died. Gangs in Back of the Yards and neighboring Brighton Park have been increasingly using semi-automatic rifles since last year, according to police.
Despite the violent weekend, the number of shootings remains lower than last year, when violence reached levels not seen in two decades.
Homicides are down slightly, by about six, from this time last year, according to Tribune data. Shootings are down more sharply: at least 1,609 people shot this year compared with 1,789 this time last year.
However, the violence this year is much higher than other recent years. The city didn’t see its 300th homicide in 2015 until Aug. 17, according to Tribune data. In 2014, it was Sept. 11, and in 2013 it was Sept 1.
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