CHICAGO – Four men were killed and at least 62 other people, including three children, were wounded in shootings across Chicago over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, reports CBS Chicago.
Nearly all the shootings were in the city’s south and west sides, neighborhoods long-troubled by gun violence. The same weekend last year proved deadlier, with 10 fatalities, though the total number of people shot, 63, was on par with this year.
The Chicago Tribune reports that 36 people were shot between Friday evening and early Monday evening, before the city’s fireworks began. Another two dozen victims were hit Monday night and early Tuesday.
Two of the three wounded children, cousins ages 8 and 5, were playing with fireworks at around 11 p.m. Monday night when someone on the street began shooting, according to relatives and the Chicago Police. In a separate incident Monday, an 11-year-old was sitting on his porch when he suffered an injury to his right arm that he at first believed to be from an errant firework. At a nearby hospital, doctors discovered it was actually a bullet wound. All three children are expected to survive.
The most recent fatal attack happened early Tuesday, when a 34-year-old man was shot and killed in the street following an argument with another man.
About four hours earlier, a man was shot to death following a traffic accident. He was found lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.
Late Sunday, a man was found lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the back of his head. He was murdered across the street from an elementary school.
The identities of the most recent three victims have not yet been released, but police confirmed that Hector Badillo Jr., 31, died during the weekend’s first fatal shooting.
Badillo was standing outside his auto repair shop about 3:30 a.m. Saturday when a gunman came out of an alley and opened fire, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Badillo was shot in the neck and pronounced dead at the scene. Another man was also wounded in the shooting.