Chicago weekend gun violence leaves 50 shot, 5 fatally across city

Chicago hits 700 homicides over weekend
CHICAGO -- Chicago reached 700 homicides this year during a violent weekend that saw six killed and 46 wounded - the second time the city reached the milestone in two decades.

Five people were killed, and 45 others wounded in shootings across Chicago over the weekend.

The 700th homicide was a man killed in a quadruple shooting early Sunday on the Far South Side, according to records kept by the Chicago Sun-Times.

He was standing with a group on a sidewalk in the 700-block of East 101st Street when shots rang out, according to Chicago police.

The man, 28, was shot multiple times at 12:40 a.m. and died three hours later at a hospital, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office. Two women, both 30 years old, and a 25-year-old man were also shot, police said. They were listed in fair or good condition.

Chicago has seen a 53% increase in shootings and murders this year compared to the same period in 2019, according to police statistics. Violence has risen so much, Chicago has more murders this year than during the same period in 2016 - the city's most violent year in recent memory.

The jump in violence reverses a years-long trend of homicides violence citywide. The Sun-Times counted 503 homicides in all of 2019; 550 in 2018; and 664 in 2017. Chicago logged 781 homicides in all of 2016.

In the 1990s, yearly homicide totals over 900 were common, with Chicago reporting more than 930 murders in 1994.

About 93% of homicides in 2020 have been shootings, according to the Sun-Times' numbers.

Homicide victims are disproportionately Black males, according to medical examiner's public records. More than 88% of victims in 2020 are men, and 78% of total victims are Black.

The medical examiner's office, which tracks homicides by the date of death instead of the time of injury, has recorded 721 homicides so far in 2020. That number includes police-involved shootings and other self-defense shootings that the Sun-Times' count omits.

Six people were shot in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on Chicago's South Side early Saturday morning, according to law enforcement officials.

A 30-year-old was in a vehicle about 10:15 p.m. Saturday in the 7900-block of South Brandon Avenue when someone opened fire, striking him in the chest, back and arms, Chicago police said. He was taken by friends to Jackson Park Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Cook County medical examiner's office identified him as Christan Adams, of Hammond, Indiana.

Hours earlier, a man was killed and another wounded in West Pullman on the Far South Side.

They were in a vehicle about 7 p.m. in the 12200-block of South Eggleston Avenue when someone walked up and unleashed gunfire, police said.

Devon Wash, 32, suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body and was taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police and the medical examiner's office.

The other man, 34, was taken to the same hospital with gunshot wounds to his arm, neck and hand.

Also Saturday, a man was killed in a shooting in Austin on the West Side.
Eli Lozada, 21, was sitting in a vehicle about 12:30 a.m. in the 100-block of North Waller Avenue when someone approached the vehicle and fired shots, striking him in the head, Chicago police and the medical examiner's office said.
Lozada was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead at 10:38 a.m., authorities said. He lived in Stickney.

On Friday, a 35-year-old woman was fatally shot in South Chicago.

She was in a vehicle about 8:30 p.m. in the 8300-block of South Yates Boulevard when someone fired shots, striking her in the head, police said. She was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

The medical examiner's office identified her as Guadalupe Lopez, who lived in South Chicago.

Hours earlier, a man was found shot to death in Englewood on the South Side.

About 5:17 p.m., Alexander Fletcher, 28, was found in a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the chest in the 6200-block of South Yale Avenue, police and the medical examiner's office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In non-fatal shootings, six people were wounded in single incident in Gresham early Saturday morning.

The group was standing on a sidewalk about 2:15 a.m. in the 7900-block of South Justine Street when an unknown person fired shots, police said.
A 31-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and a 33-year-old woman was grazed in the right leg, police said. Another woman suffered a gunshot wound to the body. They were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center and all listed in fair condition.

A 31-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his armpit area later showed up at the same hospital, police said. He was in critical condition.

Another woman, 33, was struck in the right leg and transported to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in fair condition, police said.

A 32-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks and was took himself to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was in fair condition, police said.

At least 38 others have been wounded in citywide shootings since 5 p.m. Friday.

Last weekend, one person was killed and 21 others were hurt in shootings across Chicago.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2020.)

ABC 7 Chicago contributed to this report.