Chicago’s Bloody Holiday Weekend: More Than 60 Shot, 9 Dead and Dozens Wounded

The July 4th is always accompanied by the booms of fireworks. But this year in Chicago residents heard the bangs of gunfire.

Independence Day weekend was accompanied by multiple shootings in the Windy City that reportedly left about 10 people dead and dozens injured. Photo: [puamelia]

Independence Day weekend was accompanied by multiple shootings in the Windy City that reportedly left about 10 people dead and dozens injured. Photo: [puamelia]

More than 60 people were shot in the city of Chicago over the long Independence Day weekend, leaving nine people dead, the local media reported.

The bloody weekend began around 2:30 a.m. on Friday when a 34-year-old man was killed in a drive-by. From there, the violence intensified.

Five of the victims were shot by police over three days, one of them became a 16-year-old teen who was fatally shot as he hid under a car in an alley in Gresham Saturday night, according to local authorities.

Police later revealed that the suspect was carrying  a gun, and that officers also recovered guns in three of the other shootings. In the fifth incident, a man in Rogers Park was killed after he claimed to have a gun but did not.

Other fatal shooting took place on Saturday and Sunday as well. A 19-year-old boy was shot as he was driving to the Uptown neighborhood around 12:20 a.m. Sunday, authorities report. 

“The driver was with another man and a woman and were on their way to meet another woman when shots were fired at their Malibu at Montrose Avenue and Malden Street,” Chicago Tribune says.

“The Malibu sped off west on Montrose and stopped at Paulina Street — about two blocks from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home — and flagged down a police officer, according to authorities,” the publication adds.

The driver received several wounds to the back and chest, and was immediately delivered to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He was later identified as Kezon A. Lamb, 19, of the 4100 block of West 127th Street in Alsip. 

About an hour earlier, a 25-year-old man was killed while riding a bicycle in the 10400 block of South Normal Avenue in the Fernwood neighborhood on the Far South Side.

An unknown gunman opened fire from a passing silver sedan as the man, Anthony Hobson, was about a block north from where he lived. The victim was announced dead at Roseland Community Hospital. 
 
Around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, an 18-year-old teen was shot in the chest in the 6500 block of South Seeley Avenue. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead. He was identified by authorities as Shaquille Ross of the 200 block of West 95th Street. 

“Deandre Brown, 23, of the 9000 block of South Mackinaw Avenue, was shot in the 8700 block of South Houston Avenue about 10:20 a.m. Saturday,” sources familiar with the matter said. He was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 11:38 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. 

Brown was hurt in the leg and the abdomen, Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic said. Area South detectives were investigating the shooting.

The Windy City has been actively fighting gang and shooting violence in a past few years after a bloody year in 2012, when it was the only city in the nation to record more than 500 homicides.

To lower the incredibly high murder rate, authorities have been dispatched by the hundreds in dangerous neighborhoods and government officials have worked with community leaders to try to combat violence.

“We will keep building on our strategy, putting more officers on the street in summer months, proactively intervening in gang conflicts, partnering with community leaders,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy promised in a statement.

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