There seems to be no end in sight for the deadly string of shootings in the city of Chicago. Following the tragic death of six-month-old Jonylah Watkins earlier this month, the Windy City is now grieving over 12 victims that were shot in a matter of six hours.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the spree began around 8PM CST when three people approached a 23-year-old man and a 44-year-old man on the 1800 block of North Francisco Avenue. Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Amina Greer says that moments later one of the three took out a gun and opened fire, striking the younger man in the chest.
“The older man took off running and was shot in the hand as he tried to flee,” Greer said. He was later treated at Mount Sinai Hospital and released. The younger man, identified as Eugenio Solano was found unresponsive and died on the scene, according to Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Police believe the incident stemmed from a gang-related issue and as of today (March 31) no suspects are currently in custody.
Last year, Chicago’s murder capital tallied 506 homicides on the year. The year before: 435. While last month, the murder rate dipped to 14 after one of Chicago’s bloodiest Januarys in a decade, the gun violence continues to cause bloodshed within the community.
Check below for the additional shootings that took place within the 6-hour time span, beggining on Friday, March 29.
-About 2:30AM Saturday morning, a 27-year-old man was shot in the chest
-An 18-year-old woman was shot in the leg about 12:05AM
-A 35-year-old man was shot in the head about 11:40PM
-About 10:30PM. in the Longwood Manor neighborhood, a 41-year-old man was shot in the leg
-About 8:20PM a man in his 20s was shot in the 5500 block of SouthHoyne Avenue
-Also about 8:20PM., a group of males shouting gang slogans attacked another group of people walking down in the sidewalk. One of the attackers shot a 23-year-old man in the buttocks.
-A 22-year-old man who had been walking with the 23-year-old sustained lacerations to the side of his mouth during the attack
-Just before 7PM., someone in a van shot a 22-year-old man standing on a street corner
-Also Friday, police shot and critically injured someone during a foot pursuit, and two men were critically injured in a shooting in the South Shore neighborhood.