Mayor-elect Refers to Spate of Chicago Shootings as “Summer Violence Season"
It was a warm but deadly weekend in the Windy City. From early Saturday morning until late Sunday morning 24 people were shot in Chicago. Casualties included at least three children under the age of 13. Five adults were murdered over the weekend.
In the West Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side, six people were shot as a baby shower was taking place. On Saturday evening, around 6:30 p.m., approximately 20 children were playing in the front yard of a home in the 6300 block of South Seeley Avenue when shots rang out. After it was over, six people were wounded including an eight-year-old boy, who was shot in the chest and a 10-year-old girl, who was shot in the shin.
The children were taken to Comer Children’s Hospital where they were stabilized. The four wounded adults were taken to other hospitals in the area. A 29-year-old woman, shot in the shoulder and chest, is still in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
“The ones that were doing the shooting, none of them got shot,” said Richard Nix, whose oldest grandson was hosting the event. “It’s just all the innocent people.”
Nix described the panic as children were bottlenecked at the door, falling on top of each other as they tried to escape the bullets.
“We were trying to pick the kids up, get the kids out of the way.... They were going to get crushed,” Nix said. “It was nothing but kids in front of the house, sitting on the porch. They was just playing, and the shooting went off.”
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi asked the public for help locating suspects in the shooting in a tweet. Guglielmi also tweeted, “Individuals on the scene are not being cooperative with detectives.”
Then on Sunday, Guglielmi tweeted again: “Prayers are with the victims from this des..