Posted on June 18, 2013

Bloody Chicago Weekend: 7 Dead, Dozens Hurt in Shootings

William M. Welch, USA Today, June 16, 2013

Gun violence flared over the Father’s Day weekend in Chicago. At least seven people died and 30 others wounded in shootings across the city, authorities said.

In a city beset by gun crimes, six died in separate shootings Saturday night or early Sunday morning, including a 16-year-old boy, authorities said.

One of the weekend’s victims was a man shot by police when he raised a handgun in their direction after jumping from a moving car and fleeing on foot, the Chicago Tribune reported, quoting police.

The Tribune gave this account of six of the deaths:

• One person died and three others were wounded in a shooting inside a club in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. Todd Wood, 40, died later at a hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

• Ricardo Herrera, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene of a shooting in the Little Village neighborhood on the South Side. Five others were wounded in that shooting and a second one a short time later in the same neighborhood, police said.

• Kevin Rivera, 16, died after being struck by a bullet fired by someone on a bicycle in the Hermosa neighborhood on the Northwest Side shortly before midnight, police said.


The weekend deaths brought a pall to a city that had been seeing some relief from gun violence. Homicides in Chicago soared last year even as the numbers declined in other major cities, but killings this year are down after heavier policing focused on gangs.