CHICAGO – At least 41 people were shot in Chicago from 11 a.m. Saturday through Sunday morning, four fatally. Three of those deaths happened since about midnight in a period when 35 people were shot, The Chicago Tribune reports. During one 2½-hour period alone, 25 people were shot — two fatally — in five multiple-injury shootings, authorities said.
Another fatality happened after sunrise, when four more were shot in South Austin.
Resources at local hospitals were taxed as victims and their families poured in. Access to Stroger Hospital was tightened. At one point, more than 200 people had converged on the hospital. Mount Sinai Hospital had to stop accepting new emergency cases for a while.
The shooting spree began around 11 a.m. Saturday when a 38-year-old man was shot in Chicago Lawn neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reported. About an hour later, two men in their 40s and 50s were struck by bullets when they were caught in the crossfire between two people firing at each other from across the street.
FOX News reports that the man in his 50s was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, three men — ages 25, 26 and 22 — were shot in separate incidents throughout Chicago. It’s unclear if the shooters were captured.
But the violence didn’t stop there. By 1 a.m. Sunday another 18 people were shot. A 20-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound in the stomach when a passenger shot her in the stomach just after midnight in Logan Square.
About five miles away in Lawndale, two people got out of a vehicle, fired at a crowd of people at a block party and fled the scene, the Chicago Tribune reported. Police said four people were struck, including a 13-year-old and 17-year-old boy, along with a 17-year-old girl. A man, 25, was shot in the left leg.
An 18-year-old was shot multiple times around 12:20 p.m. in the same neighborhood.
Another eight people were shot around 12:40 a.m. when several shooters walked up to the group standing in a courtyard and began firing, police said. The youngest victim was 14 and the oldest was 35. The others shot were between 17 and 19 years old.