At least 34 people were shot early Sunday morning in Chicago during a breakout of mass shootings
Out of the 34 shot only five were reported to be fatal
Victims included men women and children
The majority of the shootings occurred in a matter of hours
Chicago police fear for retaliation shootings
Reports are saying 34 people were shot — five of which were fatal — in a brutal night of violence for Chicago. The shootings happened during the early morning hours of Sunday morning, with the majority occurring in a matter of hours.
The explosion of violence began just after midnight on the 1600 block of South Avers. Following a neighborhood block party, two men exited a vehicle and opened fire into the remaining crowd. A 13-year old boy, a 16-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 25-year-old woman were injured in that shooting.
At 12:05 am, a 20-year-old woman was shot in the stomach during a drive-by shooting on the 3700 block of West Altgeld. The woman was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital in serious condition. Shortly after, an 18-year-old man was taken to Stroger Hospital after being shot multiple times on the 4100 block of West Cullerton.
At around 12:30 am, several men on foot approached a crowd in a building courtyard and opened fire on the 1300 block of West 76th Street. A 14-year-old girl was shot in the hand and two 17-year-old girls were shot in the legs in that shooting. Five others were injured and taken to local hospitals in stable condition.
Just before 1:00 am, shots were fired at a group from a car on the 900 block of North Karlov Avenue. A person from the group fired back at the car, causing the car to wreck. A 29-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were all injured in that shooting. A 43-year-old man walking down the street was caught in the crossfire and suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh. The two men in the vehicle were said to have fled on foot.
At 1:03 am, a 26-year-old man was shot by a person in a white Jeep on the 4800 block of S. Paulina. The man was transported to Mt. Sinai in serious condition but later pronounced dead. The white Jeep was found in the 4300 block of S. Paulina where it had been lit on fire. Nobody was inside the vehicle.
At 1:30 am another 26-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by shooting on the 3200 block of South Keeler. The man managed to transport himself to the hospital following the shooting.
At 2:26 am, three women were sitting on a porch on the 4700 block of West Gladys when two groups of males opened fire on each other. A 29-year-old woman was shot in the back and taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition. A 28-year-old woman and a 41-year-old woman were also wounded in that shooting and taken to the hospital in stable condition.
At 2:34 am, a group that included teens and children were standing on a sidewalk on the 1300 block of South Millard when two men approached and opened fire. A 17-year-old girl was shot in the face and pronounced dead at the scene. A 14-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy and a 21-year-old woman were also wounded in that shooting and taken to local hospitals in stable condition.
At 2:50 am, a 14-year-old boy was standing on a corner on the 200 block of South Pulaski when he heard gunshots. The boy was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital in good condition.
At 4:15 am, a 19-year-old was shot in the head and pronounced dead on the scene on the 1600 block of North LeClaire. Three other men were wounded in that shooting.
At 6:50 am, a 32-year-old man was shot four times and pronounced dead on the scene on the 3300 block of North LeClaire. A 30-year-old man was shot in the back of the head and taken to the hospital in critical condition. A 27-year-old woman, a 21-year-old woman and 34-year-old woman were also wounded in that shooting and taken to the hospital in good condition.
On Sunday afternoon, police blocked the emergency room driveway for Stroger Hospital as at least two dozen family members waited for word on their injured loved ones. The hospital and police were almost crippled by the surge of mass shootings that occurred Sunday morning. With so many active shootings, police were not able to give many details on any of the incidents in specific.
Chicago police now fear there will be retaliation shootings and plan to have coordinated enforcement in the targeted neighborhoods. Officials say illegal guns are the primary cause of the high surge of shootings. Chicago police have removed a total of 5,500 illegal guns from the streets this year.