Chicago weekend shootings: 40 people shot dead in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend in Chicago once again lived up to its violent expectations.

By early Monday afternoon, 40 people had been shot in the city over the holiday weekend, as the Chicago Police Department canceled officers’ days off in anticipation of the historically violent unofficial start of the summer.

About half of the shooting casualties were injured on the west side, while the south side saw about 10 casualties. The city center, which saw several high-profile attacks in May, suffered three gunshot victims.

By Monday morning, the shootings had surpassed last year’s Memorial Day weekend, when 37 people were shot, three fatally.

Six of the victims of the weekend shooting had died Monday morning, authorities said. More than a quarter of the victims were injured in just one West Side police district – Harrison’s 11th Precinct – which saw two mass shootings on Sunday:

  • In Lawndale, five people were injured after gunmen opened fire on a crowd marking the anniversary of the murder of another teenager. A 16-year-old girl was among those injured in the shooting early Sunday morning in the 800 block of South Karlov Avenue. Casings and at least 97 evidence markers could be seen on the street outside Daniel Webster Elementary School.
  • Later Sunday, a man was killed and four others injured, including a gunman, in a domestic incident in Humboldt Park. The shooting led to a confrontation with a police SWAT team. A gunman, 23, was arrested more than an hour later and treated for a gunshot wound, police said.

Other fatal shootings since Friday 5 p.m.:

  • Jeremy Benson, 33, was shot and killed Sunday morning while driving in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, authorities said. He was shot while driving in the 4400 block of West Madison Street and crashed into a median, police said. He died at Mount Sinai Hospital.
  • A man was killed early Sunday in Englewood when gunfire erupted at a birthday party. The shooting sent hundreds running through the 5700 block of South Carpenter Street. A 24-year-old man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. Police placed a white cloth over the man, who was lying on a sidewalk near evidence markers. “They won’t even let me see his body,” the man’s mother said. “They could at least let me hold his hand.”

Chicago police are investigating the 5700 block of South Carpenter Street where a man was fatally shot early Sunday at a party in the south side Englewood block.

  • Hours earlier, two men killed themselves in a shootout in Englewood, police said. The shooting happened at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the 5500 block of South Bishop Street, police said. Both men were pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center. One of the men has been identified as 29-year-old Derrick Washington. The other man was 38 years old.
  • On Saturday afternoon, a man was killed in Chicago Lawn on the southwest side. He was shot in the head around 1:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of West 63rd Street, police said. He died at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Police have released no further details.

Ahead of the weekend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday defended changing the rarely enforced citywide youth curfew to 10 p.m. from 11 p.m., and her decision to impose a weekend curfew. end at 6 p.m. to unaccompanied minors in Millennium Park after a fatal shooting at The Bean.

On Saturday, religious leaders led a peace march on Michigan Avenue. “There will be no silence until we end the violence,” chanted a group of 50 as they walked down the Mag Mile to Millennium Park.

Thirty-two people were shot last weekend in Chicago.

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