64 Shot,10 Dead in Chicago Weekend Violence
Chicago experienced another tragically violent weekend with officials reporting that 64 people were shot over the holiday.
The shootings left 10 people dead and 54 others wounded, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Among those killed was 7-year-old Amari Brown. The child was shot in the chest as he watched fireworks near his father’s home in Humboldt Park late Saturday night. Also gunned down was 17-year-old Vonzell Banks. He was shot as he played basketball Friday night at a park named after slain teen Hadiya Pendleton.
Pendleton, a 15-year-old high school student, was fatally shot in 2013 near President Barack Obama’s Chicago home.
A 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were shot just after midnight as they walked in the city’s Old Town neighborhood. They are expected to recover. A 19-year-old man was shot around 10 p.m. Saturday as two groups fought near Navy Pier after the fireworks display there.
Chicago saw a peak in violence from dusk Saturday until dawn Sunday when 30 people were shot across the city. That’s nearly half of the weekend’s total number of shootings, measured from 3 p.m. Thursday until just before dawn Monday.
Last Fourth of July, 82 people were shot, 16 of them fatally, over 84 hours.