With 6 shot, 2 fatally this month, alderman wants the city to close 31st Street Beach early

CHICAGO — The shootings of four people since Wednesday are prompting an alderman to call for the city to close 31st Street Beach early and strictly enforce a nighttime curfew. Two kids, ages 12 and 15, were shot at the beach earlier this month.

“We have deployed violence interrupters nightly to help de-escalate potentially violent situations,” Ald. Lamont Robinson (4th) said in a statement Friday, adding that his staff has also been “present in the affected areas” to support anti-violence efforts.

But violence interrupters aren’t enough. Robinson wants the city to close the beach at 9 p.m., two hours earlier than usual.

“The level of violence happening at the 31st Beach is unacceptable,” Robinson continued. “We need enforcement of the 9 p.m. closure until we can ensure the beach is safer for all beach goers and the surrounding community.”

Earlier Friday, two people were shot to death in the 3100 block of South Lake Shore Drive. Chicago police said officers responding to calls of a person shot found a 23-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman dead from multiple gunshot wounds around 3:19 a.m.

Police said that the male victim had been exchanging gunfire with “multiple individuals” at the scene, and they took some men into custody.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, two women sustained gunshot wounds at the beach. A 22-year-old woman was in critical condition with three gunshot wounds to the chest. A 20-year-old was in good condition with a gunshot wound to the thigh. The police did not release any other details about the shooting.

CPD records show another victim was shot in the 3100 block of South Lake Shore Drive at 8:50 p.m. on June 11, but it is not clear if that occurred at the beach complex or on the drive proper.

Police are still investigating the shootings of two young people during a “large group” incident at the beach on June 7. A 12-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were injured, according to Chicago police and witnesses. Again, the police offered few details about what happened.

In a media statement, the department said the boy was “walking with a large group of people” when someone in a silver sedan fired shots in the 500 block of East 31st Street.

In April 2023, a 14-year-old boy was shot during a “large group” gathering at 31st Street Beach. In addition to the shooting, the crowd pulled a driver from a Tesla and set the vehicle on fire.

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