Chicago shootings: 55 shot, 11 fatally, in Labor Day weekend violence across city, police say

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022
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Despite a violent Labor Day weekend, the city's top cop said it was actually less violent compared to last year.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Fifty-five people were shot, eleven fatally over the Labor Day Weekend in Chicago, police said.

The shootings include an attack on four young men in the South Chicago neighborhood Sunday night in the 8600-block of South Kingston Avenue.

David DeVeaux Jr, 20 and 18-year-old Jason Mundo, 18, were gunned down while sitting in front of a home. Two others were also shot.

Police said at least two shooters armed with a rifle and two handguns walked up and opened fire.

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"We went grocery shopping yesterday. He came out and brought in the groceries that we were going to do for the barbecue today, and that was the last time I saw him," David DeVeaux Sr. said.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown held a news conference Tuesday morning, where he said shootings were down 15% and shooting victims were down 23% compared to Labor Day weekend last year.

"We continue to see significant declines in gun violence in the city with over 600 fewer victims of gun violence so far this year," Superintendent Brown said.

Brown acknowledged the calls for more policing on the CTA and the need for policing in cases of robberies and carjackings.

"We are struggling obviously with way too many carjackings, "Brown said. "We had an arrest of a juvenile offender on September 2 and charged with one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm. We need more consequences for violent offenders regardless of your age."

One of the fatal attacks occurred in West Garfield Park on the West Side Friday evening. About 6:30 p.m., a 24-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk in the 4400-block of West Jackson Boulevard when two cars approached and several people got out and began shooting, Chicago police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Early Saturday, a man was fatally shot in Old Town on the Near North Side. The man, 31, was found on the ground with a gunshot wound in the chest a few minutes after midnight in the 1300 block of North Hudson Avenue, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died, police said.

A few hours later, a man, 22, was killed in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. Officers found him with multiple gunshot wounds about 3 a.m. in the 6000-block of South Racine Avenue, police said. He was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A man was fatally shot at a gas station Saturday afternoon in Pullman on the South Side. About 3:50 p.m., Theatus White, 28, was in the 700-block of East 103rd Street when he got into an argument with someone who pulled a gun from a fanny pack and fired shots, police and the Cook County medical examiner's office said. White was struck in the chest, finger and forearm, police said. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Saturday night, a man was fatally shot after an argument in West Woodlawn on the South Side. The man, 29, was inside a residence in the 6600-block of South Evans Avenue when he was shot in the neck and arm about 11:15 p.m. , police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

One man was killed and another was critically wounded in a shooting early Sunday in the Loop. They were arguing with another man about 12:05 a.m. outside of a bar, 2Twenty2 Tavern in the 200-block of South Wabash Avenue when the shooter pulled out a handgun and fired four rounds, according to police and a witness at the scene. The older victim, 40, was shot in the back and shoulder and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The other man, 37, was shot in the chest and transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, police said.

Monday morning, a security guard fatally shot a man who struck him with an ax outside a marijuana dispensary in Greektown. About 10 a.m., a man, 30, began arguing with a 37-year-old man working as a security guard outside Zen Leaf Chicago, 222 S. Halsted St., over the business' return policy, police and fire officials said. The man swung an ax and struck the security guard in the leg. The security guard then fired shots, striking the man. The 30-year-old was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died. The security guard was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition with cuts to his left leg.

Two people were shot, one fatally, Monday night in McKinley Park on the South Side. The victims were inside a vehicle about 7:40 p.m. in the 3700-block of South Paulina Street when someone fired shots, police said. A 31-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to the body and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another man, whose age wasn't known, was also shot in the body and was taken to a nearby hospital in an unknown condition.

In other shootings, a 15-year-old boy was critically wounded Friday night while walking on a sidewalk in South Chicago. Close to midnight, the teen was in the 7900-block of South Crandon Avenue when he was approached by four men and was shot, police said. The men fired approximately 45 round at the boy. He was struck twice in the back and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition.

An hour later, a 13-year-old boy was shot and wounded early Sunday in the Lawndale neighborhood. The teen was walking on the sidewalk about 1:30 a.m. in the 700-block of South Kostner Avenue when he heard gunshots and felt pain, police said. The teen was shot in the left knee and was taken to West Suburban Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition.

Sun-Times Media contributed to this report.