Chicago shootings: At least 41 shot, 9 fatally, in citywide Memorial Day weekend violence, CPD says

Mother of 5-year-old girl shot to death on Near West Side pleads for justice

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team, Tre Ward, and Cate Cauguiran WLS logo
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
At least 41 shot, 9 fatally, in Memorial Day weekend violence: CPD
Shootings in Chicago this weekend have left at least 41 people shot, nine fatally, police said. Reign Ware, 5, was killed on the Near West Side.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- It's been a violent holiday weekend so far in Chicago.

At least 41 people have been shot, nine fatally, since Friday evening. One of those shootings left a 5-year-old girl dead.

Mother of 5-year-old girl shot to death on Near West Side pleads for justice

The mother of 5-year-old Reign Ware says she is taking things day-by-day.

When she spoke with ABC7 over the phone on Monday, she described her daughter as lively and beloved.

Reign's family shared a photo of the little girl who was tragically shot and killed on the Near West Side on Sunday.

Reign's mother, Raven Adams, is still processing what happened. She told ABC7 she's trying to stay strong while grieving her daughter's loss.

Raven said Reign will be remembered as fun little girl, with a fascination for bubbles, who loved playing with her older sister and watching dance videos on social media.

Reign was sitting inside a parked car, and her father was standing outside when they were both hit by gunfire early Sunday morning. Chicago police said the shooting happened on South Campbell near Jackson just after 3:30 a.m.

Reign later died after she was taken to the hospital. Her 24-year-old father, last ABC7 heard, was in good condition.

A witness told ABC7 a group of men hopped out of a car and shot at group of people standing outside in what appeared to be an ambush attack.

Police said they are still investigating the motive in this shooting. So far, no one is in custody.

Meanwhile, police are looking into a motive. A GoFundMe for the child's family can be found here.

Other holiday weekend shootings across Chicago

Minutes before that 5-year-old was killed, a man was shot to death while standing on a sidewalk on the city's West Side, police said.

The deadly shooting happened around 2:58 a.m. in the 1300-block of South Christiana Avenue in North Lawndale.

A group of people were on the sidewalk when shots were fired. It is unknown if the gunman was part of the group.

A man, 28, died after being shot in the back, Chicago police said.

Two women, 18 and 28, were shot in the legs, they were taken to the hospital and were expected to be okay.

A 25-year-old man was also shot in the leg. Police said he drove himself to the hospital and was in good condition.

It's unknown what let up to the shooting.

On Sunday night, three people were shot and critically injured on the city's South Side.

The shooting happened around 7:43 p.m. in the 0-100 block of East 113th Street, in Roseland, Chicago police said.

The three victims, a 49-year-old man, a 42-year-old man and another male victim of unknown age, were standing at the location when they were shot at by two offenders after a vehicle drove up, police said. The victims were taken to hospitals, all initially reported to be in critical condition.

No further information was immediately available.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has identified two men who were shot to death on Chicago's Northwest Side late Friday night.

Chicago police said the shooting happened in the Albany Park neighborhood just before 11:30 p.m.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired in an alley near Leland and Troy.

Investigators said they found two men who had been shot in the head. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

The medical examiner's office identified the men as 20-year-old Victor H. Rodriguez and 21-year-old Jaime I. Serrano. Both were Chicago residents.

A witness told police say they saw a black sedan speeding away from the area.

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About an hour earlier, three men were shot on the South Side, police said.

Police said the shooting happened in the Englewood neighborhood's 300 West 59th Place just after 10:30 p.m.

A group of people were hanging out on a vacant lot when someone fired shots, police said.

A 29-year-old man, shot in his lower leg, was transported to Providence Hospital in good condition.

Another 29-year-old man, grazed in his shoulder, took himself to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition.

A 25-year-old man, shot in his arm, was transported to the same hospital in good condition.

On Monday, a man found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1400-block of Sacramento Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood.

CPD arrived to the scene around 6:02 a.m. The man was taken to the hospital where he later died.

About two hours later, a 43-year-old man was shot in the 8000-block of Stewart Avenue in the West Chatham neighborhood.

The shooting happened around 8:47 a.m., according to police. The man was taken to the hospital where he later died.

No one is in custody in any of the incidents listed. CPD area detectives are investigating.

Later Monday, another man was shot to death on Chicago's Northwest Side, police said.

Police said the shooting happened in the Albany Park neighborhood's 3100-block of West Carmen Avenue at about 5 p.m.

A 23-year-old man was near the street when a vehicle pulled up, and someone inside fired shots, police said.

The victim, shot in his abdomen, was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

There is no one in custody and area detectives are investigating. Police did not immediately provide further information about the shooting.

Johnson's summer safety plan put to the test

Despite the still high shooting numbers, calls to stop the gun violence in the city seemed to have an impact.

This holiday weekend's violence numbers, so far, are lower than last year's, when 53 people were shot, 11 fatally.

The long weekend is putting Mayor Brandon Johnson's summer safety plan to the test.

He spoke during a community walk over the weekend, criticizing previous administrations for what he calls a lack of investing in the city and its youth.

"They have run this city to the ground, but now, you have progressive leadership that's invested in people to building it up," Johnson said.

Last weekend, at least 45 people were shot, one fatally, in gun violence across Chicago, police said.

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