10 people killed over weekend; Chicago homicides hit big number for 2017

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A violent weekend in Chicago that saw 10 people killed and 31 injured in shootings across the city has pushed the city’s homicide number to the vaunted 500th, according to NBC Chicago.

Data from the Chicago Tribune noted the city had reached 500 homicides for the year of 2017 over the weekend. As of Sunday evening, 490 homicides had been reported, but police noted that the number does not include killings on area expressways, police-involved shootings, self-defense killings or death investigations.

The city reached 500 homicides in late August last year, marking one of the bloodiest years in Chicago in decades.

Police were encouraged about this year’s improvement, touting a 47 percent drop in homicides from August 2016 to August 2017. But September has been sobering thus far, with the most recent fatality taking place Sunday night in the city’s Chicago Lawn neighborhood. At approximately 8:20 p.m. in the 6000 block of South Richmond, three people were shot, and one, a 42-year-old woman, was killed when she sustained a gunshot wound to the head.

A 37-year-old man was shot in the chest and is in critical condition at Stroger Hospital. Another victim was grazed in the nose by a bullet but refused medical treatment.

Four people, including a pregnant woman, were shot and killed while sitting in a car in the 4700 block of South Fairfield Ave on Friday night. Three of the victims were documented gang members and were murdered with a high-powered rifle, police said.

Saturday saw the death of two more shooting victims, one of which was a 21-year-old male who was shot four times while walking to his car in the 2500 block of West 58thStreet. He was later pronounced dead at Mt. Sinai.

The fatalities did not end there, however. A 41-year-old man was one of at least three people killed on Sunday after he was shot in the face during an argument in the 2700 block of East 75th Street. A 30-year-old man was killed in a drive-by shooting in the 500 block of North LeClaire at 3:05 a.m., and a third victim, a 26-year-old man, was shot multiple times while riding in a vehicle in the 2400 block of South Western on Sunday afternoon.

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