Chicago’s Final Tally of Weekend Violence: 41 Shot, 9 Fatally

by Vern Evans

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TTAG reported yesterday on the violent long holiday weekend Chicago was experiencing—yet again—and with the weekend over, the final tally of shooting-related violence left 41 people shot, nine of them fatally. Among the victims was a 5-year-old girl, Reign Ware, whose tragic death has garnered significant attention and a plea for justice from her grieving mother.

Following is a rundown of just some of the key shootings that took place with details provided by ABC 7 News in Chicago:

Friday Night, Albany Park
Time: Just before 11:30 p.m.
Location: Alley near Leland and Troy
Victims: Victor H. Rodriguez (20) and Jaime I. Serrano (21), both shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene.
Suspect: Black sedan seen speeding away.

Friday Night, Englewood
Time: Just after 10:30 p.m.
Location: 300 West 59th Place
Victims: Three men (29, 29, 25) shot, all transported in good condition.

Early Sunday Morning, Near West Side
Time: Just after 3:30 a.m.
Location: South Campbell near Jackson
Victims: Reign Ware (5, deceased) and her 24-year-old father (in good condition).
Suspect: Group of men in an ambush attack.

Early Sunday Morning, North Lawndale
Time: Around 2:58 a.m.
Location: 1300-block of South Christiana Avenue
Victims: Man (28, deceased), two women (18 and 28) shot in the legs, 25-year-old man shot in the leg (good condition).

Sunday Night, Roseland
Time: Around 7:43 p.m.
Location: 0-100 block of East 113th Street
Victims: Three men (49, 42, unknown age) shot and critically injured.
Suspect: Two offenders in a vehicle.

Monday Morning, Mount Greenwood
Time: Around 6:02 a.m.
Location: 1400-block of Sacramento Avenue
Victim: Man with multiple gunshot wounds, later died in hospital.

Monday Morning, West Chatham
Time: Around 8:47 a.m.
Location: 8000-block of Stewart Avenue
Victim: 43-year-old man, later died in hospital.

Monday Evening, Albany Park
Time: Around 5 p.m.
Location: 3100-block of West Carmen Avenue
Victim: 23-year-old man, shot in the abdomen and pronounced dead at the hospital.
Suspect: Shots fired from a vehicle.

The violence over the weekend tested Mayor Brandon Johnson’s summer safety plan, which he had announced prior to the weekend in an effort to reduce the crime the city experienced during last year’s Memorial Day weekend, a time intended for somber reflection on those who died for our country, but also the unofficial kick-off to summer where a lot of people are out celebrating and carrying on.

“Technically” the mayor’s office can try to spin their plan as a success. There were “technically” fewer shootings and deaths this year than last, which horrifically saw 53 people shot, 11 fatally. But in all seriousness, I doubt anyone is going to call 41 people shot instead of 53 an actual success. It’s an abject declaration of a failed community and nothing less.

Mayor Johnson emphasized the need for investment in the city’s communities and youth, criticizing past administrations for neglecting these areas.

“They have run this city to the ground, but now, you have progressive leadership that’s invested in people to building it up,” Johnson stated during a community walk over the weekend and reported on by ABC 7 News. Guess, we’ll have to wait to see how that progressive leadership does in building up the community to prevent violence. So far, it’s earning a really low “F-“.

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