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At Least 53 Shot, 8 Killed So Far In Labor Day Weekend Gun Violence In Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) -- At least eight people were killed in shootings over the Labor Day weekend, including an 8-year-old girl. A total of 45 others were wounded, including a 4-year-old boy, and at least four teenagers.

An additional person was shot and killed by Chicago Police after police said he came at a sergeant with a knife, and a woman was stabbed to death in broad daylight at a Wicker Park Walgreens.

According to Chicago Police Supt. David Brown on Tuesday, police recovered over 201 guns over the Labor Day weekend. Brown said the weekend's violent crime was lower than last year's Labor Day weekend. 

At 5:55 p.m. Monday, police were called to 47th Street and Union Avenue in Canaryville for shots fired, according to Chief of Operations Brian McDermott.

They learned that the victims' vehicle had been parked facing north on Union Avenue with the assailants' vehicle directly behind it, and when the light turned green, someone inside the second vehicle opened fire, McDermott said.

The victims' car continued north on Union Avenue before crashing into a tree, while the assailants made a U-turn and sped off south on Union Avenue, McDermott said.

An 8-year-old girl who was in the car that was fired upon was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital.

Two adults were wounded in the shooting and were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center. A third adult was injured in the subsequent crash, McDermott said.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said despite the high number of incidents, the number of violent crimes has declined.

"If you look at where we've been over the last six or seven months, what you're seeing, I think, is tremendous progress. No one satisfied. No one's taking a victory lap, but we're clearly seeing progress. If you look at August compared to July, they saw a 45% reduction in homicides a 15% reduction in shootings in September," Lighfoot said.

She added that it isn't just the responsibility of law enforcement but the community as a whole to work to prevent violence.

"There's a whole ecosystem that we rely upon that we lean into to make sure that our residents are safe. Every part of that ecosystem has to be strong, whether it's our courts, whether it's community based organizations who we don't think about as being crime prevention, or when you're supporting individuals and families and neighborhoods. It's an important part of public safety," Lighfoot said.

• Earlier, he first reported fatal incident happened in the 9900 block of South Van Vlissingen Road in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood. In that incident, a man was shot dead by a member of his own family, police said.

A 36-year-old man was at a party in a home when a quarrel broke out and a male family member took out a handgun and shot him, police said. He suffered one gunshot wound to the abdomen and was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He was identified as Christopher Hines.

The suspected assailant was taken into custody and a weapon was recovered at the scene, police said.

• Around 1:08 a.m. Sunday, a woman died after being shot in a home in the 6100 block of South Carpenter Street in Englewood. The 36-year-old woman was inside the home when someone came in and shot her multiple times in the head and body, police said.

She was pronounced dead at the U of C Medical Center.

• Around 2:25 a.m. Sunday, a man was shot and killed in the area of the Westhaven Park Apartments on the Near West Side. The 26-year-old man was outside a large gathering in the 2100 block of West Maypole Avenue when he was shot in the shoulder and foot, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital of Cook County, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Witnesses were uncooperative and further details were not immediately learned.

• At 3:26 a.m. Sunday, a 26-year-old man was shot dead in the Brooks Homes housing development, also on the Near West Side. Police heard shots and rushed to the 1300 block of West Hastings Street, where they found a man on the ground shot.

The man had been shot twice in the side of the head and was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital of Cook County, police said. Witnesses said a man came up to the area and began firing into a crowd.

• Around 9:11 p.m. Sunday at Talman Avenue and 39th Place in Brighton Park, a 38-year-old man was outside when two men came up and started fighting with him. The victim tried to run away, but a third assailant came up and fired one shot, striking the man in the back.

The suspects ran off. The man was pronounced dead at St. Anthony Hospital.

• At 6:36 p.m. Monday, a 22-year-old man was shot and killed in the 1200 block of North Lawndale Avenue in Humboldt Park. Police said the victim was in a vehicle when a man came up from the passenger side and fired into the car. The victim was shot multiple times in the body and was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.

• In the 8400 block of South Cregier Avenue in the Avalon Park neighborhood, one man was shot dead and another was shot and wounded at 6:37 p.m. One of the victims returned fire and the two assailants were also shot.

The victims were in a red Nissan headed north on Cregier Avenue when the assailants, who were on foot, fired shots, police said. A 21-year-old man in the car was shot in the neck and was pronounced dead at the U of C Medical Center, while a 30-year-old man was shot in the right thigh and was taken to the U of C in good condition.

The victim in the passenger seat returned fire, and one of the assailants, an 18-year-old man, was shot in the right thigh and was taken to the U of C. The other assailant, also an 18-year-old man, was shot in the left forearm and was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital in good condition, police said.

The victim who fired back has a valid concealed carry license, police said. The two 18-year-olds were being questioned by police late Monday.

• At 1:41 a.m. Saturday, police shot and killed a man they said attacked with a knife in the 5000 block of West 50th Street in Vittum Park.

Officers were responding to a man stabbed near 49th Street and La Crosse Avenue and attended to the person who was hurt and taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn. His condition is not known. Officers then searched for a suspect who was found about a block and a half away near 49th Street and Lavergne Avenue, according to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

Police said the man was armed with a knife, officers ordered him to drop it, and he refused. While officers tried to arrest the man, a struggle ensued, and then officers used a Taser on him, to no effect, according to police Supt. David Brown.

The man went on to attack the sergeant.

"He then grabbed the female sergeant and began stabbing the female sergeant with a long butcher knife," Brown said.

Brown said fortunately, the sergeant's vest prevented her from getting cut. As the man continued to attack officers with the knife, and two officers shot him, according to COPA. The man was pronounced dead shortly later.

• Around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, a woman was working at the Walgreens at 1372 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park when an assailant stabbed her multiple times. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A person of interest is being questioned by police in the fatal stabbing. Charges are pending and may be released later Tuesday.

• One of the non-fatal shooting incidents this weekend left a 4-year-old boy injured. It happened around 11:29 p.m. Friday in the 8600 block of South Honore Street in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

The boy and an 18-year-old woman were outside when they were shot by a man inside a passing Dodge Challenger, police said. The child was hot in the leg and was taken to OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center in good condition, while the woman taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition with a gunshot wound to the lower back side, police said. Police believe the woman and the boy were not the intended targets.

• A 15-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting in the 1900 block of West Augusta Boulevard in the West Town community. He was standing outside a gas station and got into a quarrel with another male who was in the back seat of a Dodge Magnum, police said. The boy was shot in his arm and side before being dropped off by acquaintances at AMITA Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, police said.

• In the 200 block of South Ashland Avenue on the Near West Side, a 16-year-old girl was shot and wounded. She was a passenger in a car when she heard shot and felt pain, and it turned out she had been shot in the face, police said. Neither she nor anyone else in the car saw the vehicle from which the shots were fired, police said. She was taken to Stroger Hospital of Cook County in fair condition.

• And in the 8000 block of South Green Street, three people were shot and wounded at 1:42 p.m. Sunday. Police said three people were standing in front of a residence in the 8000 block of South Green Street at 1:42 p.m., when a black sedan – possibly a Chevrolet Impala – went by and someone inside opened fire and shot them all.

A 24-year-old man was shot in the leg and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious, but stale, condition. A 20-year-old woman was shot in the chest and was taken to the same hospital in critical condition. A 22-year-old man was shot in the hand and was taken to St. Bernard Hospital in fair condition, police said. The assailants fled the scene, and no one was in custody late Sunday.

Four people were shot at 6:26 p.m. Sunday in the 7700 block of South Kingston Avenue in South Shore. Police said a group of people was hanging out on the sidewalk when a white sport-utility vehicle passed by and someone inside fired shots – striking four people in the group.

A 25-year-old woman was shot in the right leg and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition. A 44-year-old man was shot in the right foot and was taken to South Shore Hospital in good condition. A man of an unspecified age was shot twice in the leg and knee and was taken to the U of C Medical Center in good condition. A 17-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder and was also taken to the U of C Medical Center in good condition.

Three people, including a child, were wounded in a shooting in Canaryville late Monday. The shooting happened at 47th Street and Union Avenue. Police told CBS 2's Jermont Terry that the shooters drove by and shot into another vehicle, hitting all inside. The child, a girl, was in grave condition late Monday, police said.



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