The city of Chicago is in the midst of yet another violent weekend as 36 people have been shot and seven have been killed. During a stretch from Saturday afternoon to early Sunday morning, 6 people were killed and 13 were wounded. The most recent incident occurred when police shot a man in South Lawndale who fled a vehicle that officers tried to stop for a traffic violation. Police opened fire when the man, said to be in his 20s, allegedly reached for a weapon in his waistband. He was pronounced dead at 4:11 a.m.
A 31-year-old man later identified as Cortez Wilberton was killed after being shot in West Garfield Park. Wilberton was pronounced dead at Loretto Hospital where his 31-year-old female companion was also being treated for a wound from a bullet that grazed her cheek. Jamal Jones, 19, was killed after being shot in the chest, stomach and shoulder in Englewood.
Four men were shot just after midnight on Sunday morning as they stood outside of a club in Greater Grand Crossing when someone opened fire. Forty-year-old Todd Wood was killed after being struck in the back of the head with a bullet; police believe the shooting stemmed from a fight that took place just moments prior to the shooting.
On Saturday night, 16-year-old Kevin Rivera was killed while walking through an alley in Humboldt Park when someone on a bike pulled out a gun and shot him in the arm and back. Three other men were shot in South Lawndale an hour before; 21-year-old Ricardo Herrera was killed after being shot in the forehead, calf and cheek.
This marks a second consecutive bloody weekend in Chicago, where violence—particularly shootings—are increasing as the temperature does.
[via DNAinfo Chicago]