CHICAGO --Five people were killed and at least 31 others have been wounded in shootings across the city over the New Year's holiday weekend, according to Chicago Police.
The most recent homicide happened Sunday morning in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. At 5:53 a.m., officers responded to a call of a person down in the 4600 block of West Monroe and found a 39-year-old man lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Less than two hours earlier, two men were fatally shot in Uptown. They were shooting at each other inside a business in the 4600 block of North Broadway at 4:25 a.m., police said. A 38-year-old man was shot in the chest and right leg and a second man, between the ages of 35 and 40, was shot multiple times in the right side, police said. They were both taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where they were pronounced dead. Their names have not yet been released.
Another man was fatally shot Saturday afternoon in the West Side Austin neighborhood. Kenneth Weaver, 22, was driving at 12:29 p.m. in the 4800 block of West Chicago when a Mercedes sideswiped his vehicle, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner's office. Someone got out of the Mercedes and began arguing with Weaver. During the argument, the person who had exited the Mercedes pulled out a gun and shot Weaver in the left side, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:11 p.m., authorities said.
The first homicide of the weekend happened about 9:40 p.m. Friday in the South Side Gresham neighborhood, where officers responding to a call of shots fired in the 8100 block of South Bishop found a 15-year-old boy in an alley with gunshot wounds to the head, police said. He was dead at the scene. Police said the shooting may have been gang-related. His name has not yet been released.
The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday morning in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The 27-year-old man was driving in the 5100 block of West North Avenue at 11:16 a.m. when he was shot in the left shoulder, both hands and buttocks, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition. Area North detectives are questioning two people in connection with the shooting who were taken into custody after crashing their vehicle in west suburban Oak Park.
At least 30 other people were wounded in shootings between 4:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
Forty-two people were shot in Chicago over the New Year's holiday last year, leaving four dead.
(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2016.)