19 January 2018

Bloodiest Christmas weekend: 11 dead, more than 60 shot

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Two girls, 13 and 14, were shot on the South Side as a violent Christmas weekend came to a close during one of the most violent years in Chicago in decades. reports that, total of 61 people were shot in the city during the holiday weekend and 11 of them died of their wounds, according to data kept by the Tribune. 7 people were killed on Christmas Day alone, more than on the holiday the past three years combined. 3 people were killed in 2015, one in 2014, and two in 2013.

The number of people shot over the holiday weekend also sharply outpaced recent years. During the Christmas weekend in 2015, 29 people were shot and seven of them died. In 2014, when Christmas fell on a Thursday, the four-day weekend included 35 people shot and seven people killed, according to Tribune data.

This past weekend's toll pushed the total number of people shot in Chicago this year to more than 4,300 and the number of homicides to around 770. Last year, there were 2,989 shooting victims and 492 homicides.

Most of the shootings occurred on the West and South sides, in neighborhoods that have borne the brunt of the gun violence this year. They ranged from Austin and West Humboldt Park on the West Side to Gresham and Chatham on the South Side.

There were eight shootings involving multiple victims and two double homicides. One of them was an attack during a party in the East Chatham neighborhood that left two brothers dead and five others wounded.

Among the last people shot during the long weekend were two young teenage girls wounded in Gresham while waiting in a van for their father, according to police.

The girls were with a 2-year-old boy outside Leland Giants Park just after 11:30 p.m. Monday, police said. The 13-year-old's father had just left the van to speak with someone in a house when two people came up and fired into the vehicle, police said.

The 14-year-old was hit in the back and was taken to Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition. The 13-year-old was grazed in the arm and was taken to St. Bernard Hospital in good condition. The 2-year-old was unharmed, police said.

2016.12.27 / 23:19
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