Chicago Sun-Times, August 31, 2020
Ten people were killed and 45 more, including two Chicago police officers and a 15-year-old boy, were wounded in shootings across Chicago over the weekend.
Ahead of the weekend, Chicago police braced for protests in the city in the wake of civil unrest north of the Illinois border sparked by the Kenosha police shooting of Jacob Blake. The department’s new Critical Incident Response team, consisting of about 200 officers, was deployed downtown. Seven people were arrested at a Black Lives Matter protest at Loyola University Saturday, while a march downtown that day ended with no arrests.
Last weekend, 66 people were shot throughout the city, five of them fatally.
- The latest fatal attack left one man dead and four other people injured Sunday afternoon at a restaurant in Morgan Park. About 1:50 p.m., a man was dining under a tent at Lumes Pancake House, 11601 S. Western Ave., when a white-colored SUV pulled up and someone inside fired shots in his direction, Chicago police and fire officials said. Devon Welsh, 31, was struck multiple times and taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Authorities believe he was the intended target.Four other people were also struck, police said. A man and woman, both 32, were shot in their legs and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where they were stabilized. A 43-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen and buttocks and taken to the same hospital, where she was also stabilized. Another woman, 30, was shot in the foot. She was in good condition at Little Company of Mary Hospital.
Two men were killed within hours of each other Saturday in Englewood.
Four people were killed in less than two hours Friday evening across the city. Two of those people died just minutes apart in separate shootings in Burnside and Humboldt Park.
Two Chicago police officers and a teenage boy were among the dozens of people injured by gunfire over the weekend.
- The officers were shot and the suspected gunman was wounded by police early Sunday after a traffic stop in Homan Square on the West Side. The shooting happened at 2:33 a.m. in the 3300 block of West Polk Street, police said. Both officers were taken to Stroger Hospital by other police officers. One officer was shot twice on the left side and was in serious condition, officials said. He underwent surgery for lung and abdominal injuries, and was still in hospital care Sunday evening. The other officer suffered a gunshot wound to his left shoulder and was in good condition. He was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon. The suspect was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood in fair condition. Authorities expect all three to survive.
- A teenage boy was shot Sunday evening in Woodlawn on the South Side. Someone in a silver sedan shot the 15-year-old about 8:30 p.m. as he walked in the 1200 block of East 63rd Street, police said. The teen was dropped off at Jackson Park Hospital in critical condition.
At least 34 other people were injured by gunfire in Chicago between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.