Chicago Sun-Times, September 27, 2020
Eight people were killed and at least 42 others wounded this weekend in Chicago gun violence.
Most of the shootings happened on the South and West sides. One person was killed before sunrise Monday; two people were killed Sunday; four people were killed Saturday; and another died Friday night. They were all males between 15 and 66 years old. Five of the homicide victims were 20 years old or younger.
The numbers don’t include two fatal stabbing of females this weekend. A 5-year-old girl was stabbed to death Saturday morning in East Garfield Park, according to police, who later charged the girl’s mother with murder. Early Sunday, a woman in her 20s with stab wounds was pulled from the North Branch of the Chicago River.
Last weekend, 10 people were killed and 35 others were injured by gunfire in Chicago.
Shootings up 50% from last year
Overall, shootings and murders are up 50% compared with last year, according to Chicago Police Department statistics. Through Sept. 20, police have recorded 560 murders in 2020 compared with 374 murders during the same time in 2019. Murders this year are already higher than they were during the same time frame in 2016 — Chicago’s most violent year in recent memory.
The city has seen more than 2,300 shootings in 2020 compared with about 1,500 over the same time in 2019, according to the statistics.