Chicago (WLS) — At least 34 people were shot in weekend gun violence and five people died over the weekend, Chicago police said.
A three-year-old boy who was killed on Friday and a seven-year-old boy on his way to church were among the gunshot victims, among others.
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Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown spoke about the violence at an afternoon news conference.
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The seven-year-old’s family was driving to church when they noticed someone breaking into one of their other parked cars, police said.
They confronted the suspect, police said, who pulled out a rifle and fired in the family’s direction, hitting the boy in the leg.
The suspect was apprehended by the police and the child is expected to recover.
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“We’ve seen kids get shot in ridiculous numbers across this city,” Chicago Police Deputy Chief Larry Snelling said. “When did we become a society that stopped caring about kids?”
The shooting comes days after three-year-old Matteo Sastro was killed.
Police said Friday that road rage sparked the shooting as the boy sat in the back seat of his mother’s car near Cicero Avenue and West 71st Street in the West Lawn neighborhood.
At least six minors have been shot in the past week, according to ABC 7 data.
Meanwhile, a prayer vigil for Mateo Sastro will be held at 66th Street and Pulaski Road on Monday at 6 p.m.
A Chicago police officer shot and killed a man in the Old Town neighborhood Sunday morning, authorities said.
At 5:05 a.m., a man believed to be in his 20s died after being shot by an officer in the 400-block of West Blackhawk Street, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown told reporters Sunday morning. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died of the gunshot wound, Chicago Fire Department officials said.
Before the shooting, two officers on patrol were flagged down by a man who said someone had pointed a gun at them, Brown said.
After officers found the man pointing the gun, a foot chase ensued and officers temporarily lost sight of the man, Brown added. When he found the man a second time, an officer opened fire and fatally struck him.
Brown could not say how many shots were fired or if the weapon was pointed at officers. According to the police, weapons and shell casings, which did not match the officer’s weapon, were recovered from his vicinity.
Casey Rodriguez, 30, was found with a gunshot wound to the head around 11:40 a.m. Saturday inside a home in the 2000-block of South Michigan Avenue, police and the medical examiner’s office said. He died on the spot. Details of the shooting are not available.
About an hour and a half later, a 30-year-old man was killed in a shooting in Roseland on the South Side. Police said he was shot in the head in the 300-block of West 110th Street around 1:20 p.m. A 21-year-old man was found on the same block later Saturday with multiple gunshot wounds. Responding officers found him at 9:05 p.m. and took him to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died.
A man was shot after an argument on the north side early Sunday morning. The 38-year-old man was found around 5:20 a.m. on a sidewalk in the 30-block of West Division Street, where police said he had shot a man multiple times in the body during an argument. He was taken to Northwestern, where he died, police said.
Two teenagers were shot Saturday night at Greater Grand Crossing on the South Side. A boy and a man, ages 14 and 19, were standing in the 7200-block of South Dobson Street around 6:20 p.m., when someone pulled up next to them in a car and one of the passengers started shooting, police said.
Another 14-year-old boy was injured in a shooting Saturday afternoon in Auburn Gresham on the South Side. He was walking around noon in the 800-block of West 87th Place when someone approached him and fired a gun, police said. The child’s shoulder and leg were injured.
A man was shot during an attempted robbery in the Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side early Saturday morning. Around 12:45 a.m., a 29-year-old man was walking along the 140-block of East 47th Street when two suspects opened fire as they attempted to rob him, police said. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition.
Last weekend38 people were shot and seven died in weekend gun violence.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.
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