There were 69 shootings from 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday, with 100 people wounded, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) said. The 18 murder victims are believed to have ranged in age from 19 to 46 and include at least one person who was fatally stabbed, police said. Meanwhile, some of the shooting victims were as young as 5 and 6 years old.
The Chicago Sun-Times called it the city’s deadliest weekend of 2021 so far.
Eight shootings were reported on Friday evening into the night, with the first recorded at 6:30 p.m. local time. Police said two 20-year-old men were in a vehicle that was stopped at a red light when “an unidentified offender approached the vehicle on foot and began shooting at the victims.”
One of the victims suffered five gunshot wounds throughout his torso and back and was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The second victim was shot in the leg and was expected to survive. At least two other murders were reported before the clock struck midnight.
At least 12 shootings, including five murders, were reported on Saturday. Twenty more were reported on Sunday, including two in which people were killed.