With 2 more days remaining, Chicago’s holiday weekend is on pace to be among most violent in years

CHICAGO — With two full days left to go, this Fourth of July weekend is on pace to be one of the most violent in recent memory for Chicago. Since noon on Wednesday, 63 people have been shot in the city, 11 of them fatally. That’s according to data maintained by the independent crime researchers at HeyJackass.com and CPD media statements.

Shockingly, those 63 victims are more than were shot in the entire 2018 Independence Day weekend, which was five days long, according to HeyJackass. The average Fourth of July weekend since 2014 has seen 81 people shot, 14 fatally, the website reported. 

Three mass shootings have driven this week’s victim total skyward:

  • Five people were shot when gunmen opened fire on a home in the 7100 block of South Woodlawn on Thursday morning. Two women, ages 45 and 24, and an 8-year-old boy died. Two other boys, ages 5 and 7, were critically injured. 
  • 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.

Shortly before 9 a.m., the Chicago Police Department published its monthly “crime is down” press release for June. In the statement, CPD boasted that there were 4.2% fewer murders in June than in the same month last year. That works out to three fewer murder victims, with 67 last month and 70 in June 2023. However, the number of people who got shot last month and survived was 9% higher than in June 2023. Both murders and non-fatal shootings have decreased year over year.

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