Bloody Chicago, 4 Dead, 45 Wounded in Fourth of July Weekend Shootings

At least 49 people were shot across Chicago, four of them fatally, by Sunday night of the Fourth of July weekend.

Last year’s Independence Day weekend ended with 66 people shot — a total that actually stoked cautious optimism with the lowest death toll for the July 4 weekend in nearly a decade.

On Saturday, Chicago Police touted a 14 percent decline in shootings this yearcompared to the first six months of 2016, and they hoped to tamp down the holiday weekend violence with the help of a new gun violence strike force that includes ATF agents.

At least 1,786 people have been shot in the city this year, 310 of them fatally, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

One man was killed and two others were wounded in the most recent fatal shooting, which happened about 1:30 a.m. Sunday near the former Robert Taylor Homes on the South Side.

Police found two of the men, ages 47 and 31, in the 4200 block of South State, according to Chicago Police. They had both been shot in the head. The older man, Arthur L. Smith, was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he died, and the younger man was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. The third man, 49, showed up with a gunshot wound to the right arm at Mercy Hospital, where his condition stabilized.

Three people were killed in the weekend’s first fatal shooting, which happened about 8:50 p.m. Friday in the South Side Englewood neighborhood. John Hunter, 52, was found shot and pronounced dead at 12:27 p.m. Saturday at his apartment in the 5700 block of South Wells, police and the medical examiner’s office said. A police source said Hunter was apparently the third victim of a shooting that occurred about 15 hours earlier and also claimed the lives of two other men.

The two other men were killed as they stood on the porch of the building, police said. Those men, ages 30 and 50, were each shot in the chest and legs when two males walked up to them and opened fire. The older man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the younger man died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Their names have not yet been released.

After the shooting, the gunmen got into a white car and drove away, police said. Officers took two suspects into custody Friday night.

secured and there was no indication of additional victims. The man was discovered when a relative gained entry to the apartment the next day and found him dead.

The weekend’s most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday evening in the Southwest Side Little Village neighborhood. About 9 p.m., a 29-year-old man was standing in the alley in the 2400 block of South Pulaski when shots were fired from an unknown place and he was struck, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

Minutes later, a man was wounded in a separate shooting about one block east in the 2400 block of South Harding in same neighborhood.

Before those two shootings, there was almost a six-hour span Sunday afternoon with no shootings.

At least 41 more people were wounded in separate shootings between 4:45 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. Sunday. Follow Fourth of July weekend violence on the Chicago Sun-Times shooting tracker.

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