Chicago Sun-Times, July 8, 2010
Five people were killed and 63 others wounded in shootings across Chicago over the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.
More than 1,500 police officers were scheduled to work extra hours to stem the violence that seems to repeat every July Fourth in Chicago, but shootings on Independence Day left two dead and 14 wounded.
On Friday, three were killed and 17 wounded. Saturday saw 15 people shot. Seventeen people were wounded on Sunday. There were no reported shootings Monday before 5 a.m.
At the Navy Pier fireworks display, a major city holiday celebration ended in chaos as three people were stabbed and more than a dozen others were trampled in a subsequent stampede.
In fatal gun violence, a man was killed and another wounded Friday evening in Austin on the West Side. They were standing on a sidewalk in the 300 block of North Laramie Avenue at 7 p.m. when two males approached on foot and fired shots, Chicago police said. The shooters left in a gray car.
Before dawn Friday, two people were killed in separate incidents within minutes of each other.
About 2:55 a.m., a 22-year-old woman was on the street in the 4200 block of South Wells Street in Fuller Park when a male approached her and shot her in the head, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
Less than 10 minutes earlier, a man was killed and a woman hurt in a double shooting in Austin on the West Side.
On Thursday, another man was killed and three others were wounded in Humboldt Park on the West Side. The group was standing outside about 11:30 a.m. near Iowa Street and Homan Avenue when a car drove by and someone inside fired shots, police said.
A 32-year-old man was killed, authorities said. The medical examiner’s office has not released details on his death. A 31-year-old man was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the body and a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg.
Before dawn Thursday, a woman was killed after struggling over a weapon in a home in West Garfield Park. About 1:30 a.m., 34-year-old Lisheka Haggard was with a male inside a home in the 4300 block of West Wilcox Street when one of them pulled out a gun, authorities said.
The weapon discharged as the two fought over it, police said. Haggard was hit in the head and was pronounced on the scene. Her death was ruled a homicide.
In non-fatal shootings, four people were wounded Sunday in Englewood on the South Side.
At least 50 others were hurt by gun violence across Chicago from 12:20 a.m. on the Fourth of July to 5 a.m. Monday.