At least 60 people shot in violent Chicago holiday weekend

It has been a violent July Fourth weekend in Chicago, as more than 60 people have been shot and at least nine have died of their wounds.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
More than 60 people were shot, at least nine of whom died, this holiday weekend. Police fired their weapons in five incidents, officials said.

The most recent fatality is a 21-year-old man whom relatives say was sitting in a car on the 5200-block of West Lake Street when someone approached the vehicle and shot him in the head. His 19-year-old cousin was also injured.

Sunday evening, multiple shootings were reported, including several on the Far South Side. At 132nd Street and Prairie, a woman was shot in the arm and a man in the stomach following one incident. Blocks away, a woman in her 60's was grazed in the head by a stray bullet while standing on her front porch.

On Saturday night, police fatally shot 16-year-old Warren Robinson. Officials say he was hiding under a car with a gun that he pointed at an officer. His mother says that's not true.

"He didn't have a gun on him," Georgina Utendahl said. "I have witnesses who saw him running from other people and police shot him."

Despite the uptick in violence this weekend, Chicago police say recent statistics show the number of shootings and homicides are down overall for the year.

"With these kind of numbers in Chicago, from the White House on down to the city there should be a response: What do we do? How do we stop this?" said Father Michael Pfleger, St. Sabina Catholic Church.

An outspoken critic of the gun violence that continues to afflict the city's South and West Sides, Fr. Pfleger pointed out the irony of this latest outbreak taking place during the July 4th weekend.

"We're celebrating independence, but we feel like we're in prison," he said. "It's unacceptable. We wouldn't accept in in Iraq, we shouldn't accept in it Chicago."


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