109 people shot, 21 fatally, during Independence Day weekend in Chicago

CHICAGO — Mayor Brandon Johnson and CPD Supt. Larry Snelling are expected to meet with reporters this morning to address widespread violence that resulted in 109 people being shot over the holiday weekend. Of those who were shot, 21 have died as of Monday morning.

Since 2014, only the 2021 Independence Day weekend has seen more shooting victims than the just-concluded holiday, according to records independently maintained by HeyJackass.com.

CPD reported four mass shootings, defined as four or more people shot during a single incident, this weekend.

The first occurred around 6:15 a.m. on July 4 in the 7100 block of South Woodlawn around 6:15 a.m. on the Fourth of July. A group of gunmen got out of two vehicles and opened fire on a home, police said, killing two women and a boy who were inside. Two other boys, ages 5 and 7, were critically injured. The Cook County Medical Examiner identified the deceased boy as 8-year-old Bryson Orr.

At a press conference shortly after the shooting, Deputy Mayor of Community Safety Garien Gatewood ducked a question about what he would say to people who don’t think the administration’s public safety plan is working.

When Johnson appointed Gatewood to the newly created position last year, the city said Gatewood would “lead cross-government efforts to eradicate the root causes of crime and violence, and advance a comprehensive, healing-centered approach to public safety.”

Johnson issued a statement about the shooting that evening: “On behalf of the City of Chicago, we express our deepest condolences to the families and the Grand Crossing community mourning the lives lost in the shooting that took place this morning. We will continue coordinating with our partners at the Chicago Police Department, 5th Ward Alderman Desmon Yancy, and victim services partners to support this community on a path of healing from this tragic incident.”

Three more mass shootings followed, but they went unaddressed by Johnson:

  • Eight people were injured on the Near West Side early Friday morning when at least two gunmen got into a shootout in the 1300 block of West Hastings, according to police. The victims, ranging in age from 18 to 74, survived.
  • Another shootout left six people injured in the 100 block of South Menard around 1:44 a.m. Friday, police said. Once again, all of the victims survived. They were all between 15 and 25 years old.
  • At about 3:26 a.m. on Sunday, four people were shot in the 3700 block of South State when a gunfight erupted between a group on the street and a man in a passing truck, according to CPD.

Through Friday 1,269 people had been non-fatally shot in Chicago this year, up from 1,225 at the same point last year. However, fewer shooting victims had died and homicides were down from 337 to 305.

This story was updated on July 9, 2024, with upwardly-revised shooting and murder totals for the 2024 holiday weekend.

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