66 shot, 6 fatally, in 4th of July weekend gun violence across Chicago

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Gun violence in Chicago over the long Fourth of July weekend was the most violent weekend so far this year, despite Mayor Lori Lightfoot's plan to flood the city with police officers.

Since Wednesday night, six people have been killed and 60 others wounded in gun violence across Chicago over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson acknowledged that the number of shootings is higher than last year, when July 4th fell in the middle of the week.

"Weekends like this one are ones that we just cannot continue to see and this city deserves better and as the head of the Chicago Police Department, I promise you, we will continue to do our part, but as I have said before, the police department simply cannot do this alone," Supt. Johnson said.

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson discusses a violence 4th of July weekend in Chicago that saw nearly 70 people shot.



It wasn't just shootings. The violence kicked off Thursday night outside Navy Pier when three people, including two 14-year-olds, were stabbed after the fireworks display.

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Three people were stabbed and at least a dozen others were injured during the Fourth of July celebrations at Navy Pier, according to Chicago police and fire officials.



"The stabbings resulted from gang-affiliated people taunting each other. What I can tell you is this: we have ideas on who the individuals were, but the victims were very uncooperative," Supt. Johnson said.

Johnson laid the blame partly on what he called a lax culture on gun offenders. Over the July 4th weekend, Johnson said nearly 200 weapons were taken off the street - nearly two an hour. While 84 arrests were made, he said only 15 remained in custody as of Monday morning.

"We just have to create that mental culture of accountability that would deter these people from picking up a gun in the first place," Supt. Johnson said. "Paying a $100 bond just isn't, that's not it. I don't know what that amount needs to be, but I know it has to be higher than $100."

The violence comes after police added 1,500 extra officers and canceled time-off to help stop holiday violence. But Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the solution to the city's violence is about more than just policing.

"I can send 10,000 officers to the West Side, but if we don't address these underlying challenges - which we must - we're not going to solve the problem," Lightfoot said.

"We marched last year, we protested last year talking about let's end the tale of two cities but clearly you can see that the majority of the killings, they happen on the South Side and the West Side, so we need some economic resources," said Rev. Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church.

The violence occurred all over the city. In the Calumet Heights neighborhood, a 14-year-old girl is recovering after she was shot in the foot.

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In the Englewood neighborhood, four people were shot standing in the 600-block of West 61st Place at about 1:10 a.m. Sunday. A 27-year-old man wounded in the shooting was hospitalized in critical condition

A 25-year-old man was hospitalized in stable condition, a 37-year-old man was hospitalized in fair condition and a 25-year-old woman was hospitalized in good condition, police said.

In the Bronzeville neighborhood, a fight outside of a nightclub ended up with three people being shot. All were taken to the hospital.

A pregnant woman is in critical condition after she and another man were stabbed in the Loop.

In fatal gun violence, a man was killed and another wounded Friday evening in Austin on the West Side. They were standing on a sidewalk in the 300 block of North Laramie Avenue at 7 p.m. when two males approached on foot and fired shots, Chicago police said. The shooters left in a gray car.

Tory Terry, 40, was shot in the abdomen and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died, police and the Cook County medical examiner's office said. A 65-year-old man was shot in his face, arm and back of the head, authorities said. He was taken in critical condition to the same hospital.

Before dawn Friday, two people were killed in separate incidents within minutes of each other.

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About 2:55 a.m., a 22-year-old woman was on the street in the 4200-block of South Wells Street in Fuller Park when a male approached her and shot her in the head, police and the Cook County medical examiner's office said.

Akeelah D. Addison was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities. She lived in Marquette Park. According to social media posts, Addison was the niece of Felon Smith, the woman fatally struck by Red Line train as she retrieved a dropped cellphone.

Less than 10 minutes earlier, a man was killed and a woman hurt in a double shooting in Austin on the West Side.

They were involved in a fight about 2:47 a.m. Friday outside in the 900-block of North Lavergne Avenue when a male pulled out a gun and opened fire, police said. Oliver Booth, 37, was struck in the chest, authorities said. An acquaintance took him to West Suburban Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The 32-year-old woman was hit twice in the arm and took herself to Stroger Hospital, police said. Her condition was stabilized.

On Thursday, another man was killed and three others were wounded in Humboldt Park on the West Side. The group was standing outside about 11:30 a.m. near Iowa Street and Homan Avenue when a car drove by and someone inside fired shots, police said.

A 32-year-old man was killed, authorities said. The medical examiner's office has not released details on his death. A 31-year-old man was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the body and a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg.

Before dawn Thursday, a woman was killed after struggling over a weapon in a home in West Garfield Park. About 1:30 a.m., 34-year-old Lisheka Haggard was with a male inside a home in the 4300 block of West Wilcox Street when one of them pulled out a gun, authorities said.

The weapon discharged as the two fought over it, police said. Haggard was hit in the head and was pronounced on the scene. Her death was ruled a homicide.

In non-fatal shootings, four people were wounded Sunday in Englewood on the South Side.

They were on the sidewalk about 3:43 a.m. in the 5600-block of South Paulina Street when someone fired shots from a black SUV, police said.

A 31-year-old man struck in the leg was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, police said. A woman, 22, was shot in the back and taken to the same hospital. Her condition was stabilized.

A 21-year-old woman who was shot in the foot had her condition stabilized at St. Bernard Hospital, police said. Another woman, 32, was hit in the leg and her was condition stabilized at Stroger Hospital.

Additionally, five people were injured in a single shooting shortly after 2 a.m. Friday in Woodlawn. Officers responded to reports of shots fired and arrived to find multiple people wounded.

An 18-year-old woman who was struck in the chest and arm was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said. An 18-year-old man was taken to the same hospital with gunshot wounds to his leg and chest. Both of their conditions were stabilized. A 33-year-old man who was shot twice in the back was also taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition, police said.

A 20-year-old woman was struck in the ankle and took herself to Stroger Hospital, and a 26-year-old man was taken to the same hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said. Both were in good conditions.

At least 50 others were hurt by gun violence across Chicago from 12:20 a.m. on the Fourth of July to 5 a.m. Monday.

According to Chicago police, 42 felony gun arrests were made between July 3 - 5.

Chicago Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report
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