5 dead, 20 injured in weekend violence

July 11, 2011 5:06:32 AM PDT
New numbers show a drop in overall violent crime in Chicago just on the heels of a weekend that included dozens of shootings.

Five people are dead and 20 injured from the gunfire. One of the people injured was a 27-year-old woman shot in the head at 111th and Ewing Avenue. Police say a vehicle pulled up and opened fire. The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Also on the South Side, a man and woman in their 50s were shot in a vehicle.

Children were victims, too, as an 8-year-old was shot in the stomach in Englewood. The boy was shot while playing outside his home. He is scheduled to be released from the hospital within days.

There was also a report of a 12-year-old girl injured. Her injuries are non-life threatening and she is scheduled to be released from the hospital soon as well.

Police reported a drop in crime for the 30th consecutive month in June. Homicides are down. 14.4 percent compared to June of 2010. There have been 31 fewer homicides compared to the first half of last year.

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