Chicago crime: Rash of shooting throughout weekend, more than 30 shot since Friday night

Twenty-five-year-old Jasmine Martinez is in critical condition. Her relatives say she is essentially on life support with two bullets still lodged in her brain.
April 13, 2014 8:16:47 PM PDT
There has been a rash of shootings across Chicago this weekend, as more than 30 since Friday night, and seven shootings on Sunday alone.

One of those victims was a mother of two who is fighting for her life after being shot multiple times.

Twenty-five-year-old Jasmine Martinez is in critical condition. Her relatives say she is essentially on life support with two bullets still lodged in her brain.

That incident is one of many keeping the Chicago Police Department very busy this weekend.

Sunday, loved-ones of Jasmine Martinez are left in tears and disbelief.

"It's unexplainable," said Joseph Irwin, Martinez's fianc?. "We pulled up at a red light. Shots were fired. It all happened one, two, three."

"My daughter is suffering upstairs, and they say that she's not going to make it," said Michael Negron, Martinez's father. "And whoever did this to her, you destroyed many lives. (8)

Relatives say the 25-year-old mother of two was shot three times, including twice in the head around 12:30 Sunday morning in the 900 block of North Kedzie.

Martinez was behind the wheel of her SUV with two others in the vehicle, including her fiance.

"She leaned over. She was like, 'I love you,'" Irwin said. "I went to give her a kiss, and the next thing you know, you was on my lap."

Martinez is just one of more than 30 people shot since Friday afternoon during a violent weekend across the city. Many of the victims are being treated at Stroger Hospital.

"We had about eight gunshots (Saturday) night out of the 16, 17 people that we got in. And that's a significant percentage," said Dr. Faran Bokhari, Stroger Hospital Chief of Trauma Surgery.

"I've never came here and seen ambulance after ambulance coming like they were delivering pizzas. But actually what they're delivering is bodies that are being shot," Negron said.

In a statement, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said: "While Chicago continues to see reductions in crime and violence, there's obviously much more work to be done and we continue to be challenged by lax state and federal gun laws. Through our police strategies, the City's strengthened investments in youth violence prevention, and a close partnership with residents and community leaders, no one will rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety."

"There's no answers to these questions, man. I don't know them. I wish I did know them for you guys," Irwin said.

Police say the shooting of Martinez may have been gang-related and her family says it may have been retaliation for a fatal car accident Friday night.

"She didn't deserve this," Irwin said. "She didn't. She really didn't. And for those guys that did it, they're cowards."

"There's no love," Negron said. "There's no caring for nothing in the world no more."

Police have no one in custody in Martinez's shooting. She has a nine-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son, and her father says she had plans to go back to school as soon as her younger child was a little older.


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