Posted on September 8, 2020

56 Shot, 8 Fatally, Over Labor Day Weekend in Chicago

Chicago Sun-Times, September 8, 2020

Eight people, including an 8-year-old girl, were killed and 48 others were injured in shootings across Chicago over Labor Day weekend.


In preparation for the historically violent weekend, Chicago police canceled days and extended shifts to 12 hours to put about 8,000 officers on the street.

Last weekend saw 55 people shot across Chicago, 10 of them fatally. Over Labor Day weekend in 2019, 43 people were shot citywide, eight of them fatally.


An 8-year-old girl was shot to death, and two other people were wounded, Monday in Canaryville on the South Side. The shooting happened about 5:55 p.m. at West 47th Street and South Union Avenue, Chicago Police Chief of Operations Brian McDermott said at a news conference. It also triggered a crash that injured the child’s mother.


A little over an hour later, a man was shot dead in a shootout in Stony Island Park. About 6:37 p.m., a 21-year-old and 30-year-old man were shot inside a vehicle in the 8400 block of South Cregier Avenue, Chicago police said. One of them returned gunfire, striking two 18-year-old shooters. The 21-year-old man was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Hospital, police said. {snip}

Another man was killed Monday in Humboldt Park on the West Side. The 22-year-old was in a vehicle about 6:36 p.m. in the 1200 block of North Lawndale Avenue when someone approached and fired shots, Chicago police said. The man was struck multiple times and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


Sunday, a man was shot dead in Brighton Park on the Southwest Side. Two males approached him about 9:10 p.m. and tried to fight him in the 2600 block of West 39th Place, police said. As he tried to run away, a third male walked up and shot him in the back. Steven Garcia, 38, of Brighton Park, was pronounced dead at St. Anthony Hospital {snip}

Earlier Sunday, a shooting killed someone in University Village on the Near West Side. Officers responding to reports of gunfire at 3:26 a.m. found a male on the ground with two gunshot wounds to the side of his head in the 1300 block of West Hastings Street, according to police. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Witnesses told investigators a male suspect had approached and opened fire into a crowd.

About an hour before that, a 26-year-old man was shot to death in West Town. He was at a gathering about 2:25 a.m. in the 2100 block of West Maypole Avenue when he was shot in the shoulder and foot, police said. The man was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.

About 1 a.m. Sunday, a 36-year-old woman was killed in Englewood on the South Side. She was inside a home in the 6100 block of South Carpenter Street when someone entered and shot her multiple times, police said. She was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.


The weekend’s first homicide happened Friday night in Jeffery Manor on the South Side. Christopher Hines was at a party about 11 p.m. in the 9900 block of South Van Vlissingen Road when he got into an argument with a male family member, officials said. The relative pulled out a gun and shot Hines in the abdomen. Hines, 26, was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.