Posted on April 17, 2013

Chicago Weekend Shootings: Four Dead Among the 26 Shot Around the City in Weekend Gun Violence

Huffington Post, April 14, 2013

Four men are dead among the at least 26 shot throughout Chicago since Friday, capping off a violent weekend that culminated with the warmest day of the year so far.

As temperatures crept toward 70 degrees Sunday afternoon, DNAinfo Chicago reports five people were shot, including a 17-year-old boy injured in the 1500 block of South Millard Avenue.

The Sunday afternoon shootings pushed the number of injured and dead to 26 by DNAinfo’s count — which included reports of gunshot victims who sought treatment at area hospitals independent of a crime scene.

The fatal shootings started Friday, where 33-year-old Kevin Sanders was killed in the South Chicago neighborhood, according to NBC Chicago. Police News Affairs say Sanders was found shot multiple times in the torso about 11:10 p.m. in the 8700 block of South Burley Avenue.

Later that night, an angry crowd of about 100 residents from the apartment complex where Sanders was killed surrounded the front door of a building where the alleged shooter had holed up. The Tribune described the shocking scene, where Sanders’ alleged killer had reportedly been shot in retaliation. The suspect was taken in to police custody.


Shooting incidents continued throughout the weekend, even as people gathered Saturday in Federal Plaza downtown for a vigil to end gun violence. Fox Chicago reports the vigil was one of many held around the country that day.