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#Chicago_Chronicles : 4th of July in Bloody Chicago

At least 32 people have been shot in Chicago so far this Fourth of July weekend, most of them in traditionally violent neighborhoods on the South and West sides despite stepped-up police patrols in those areas. 

Between Sunday afternoon and early Monday, 12 people were shot over 14 hours in the city. They included a 15-year-old boy shot in the foot, a 16-year-old hit in the elbow, a 17-year-old wounded in the thigh, and a woman hit in the chest by a bullet fired through the window of a home.

Many of those shootings occurred in Little Village, Roseland, Gresham, Lawndale, East Garfield Park and Englewood — neighborhoods with troubling rates of gun violence, according to data collected by the Tribune.


Last week, Chicago's top cop announced that thousands more law enforcement officers would hit the streets over the weekend, saying he was "sick and tired" of the violence plaguing the city. He made the announcement Friday after three people were killed and 21 more were wounded over 24 hours.

Last year, at least nine people were killed and 46 others were wounded during the Fourth of July weekend. Most of that time was quiet, but during an eight-hour spasm of violence, 30 people were shot, three of them fatally, including a 7-year-old boy.

In 2014, 16 were killed and 66 injured over the July Fourth weekend.

Among the shootings since Sunday afternoon was a man killed in the 2200 block of South Lawndale Avenue in Little Village about 10:50 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Officers found him on the ground bleeding from a head wound near the entrance to a park across from an elementary school. Police weren't sure of his age but said he was an adult.

Other shootings:

• A 21-year-old man was shot near Cortland and Mason avenues in the North Austin neighborhood around 4:10 a.m. Monday, police said. Someone fired at him from inside a light-colored SUV and the victim was dropped off at West Suburban Medical Center.

• A 22-year-old man was shot in the head in the 10700 block of South Champlain Avenue around 1:20 a.m. and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition. Chicago Fire Department paramedics were at Roseland Hospital when someone dropped him off. They brought him to Christ.

• A 30-year-old man was shot in Little Village about 12:45 a.m. Monday. He was driving near 24th Street and Washtenaw Avenue when someone shot him in the head. The man crashed his car at the intersection and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

• A 52-year-old man walked into Saint Bernard Hospital & Healthcare Center with a gunshot wound to his foot, police said. He was shot near 71st and State Streets about 11:52 p.m. He was listed in good condition.

• Someone shot a 37-year-old man in the Gresham neighborhood about 11:45 p.m. The man was listed in serious condition with wounds to his chest and hand, police said. The attack happened in the 8800 block of South Wood Street.

• A woman was hit by a bullet shot through the window of a Lawndale neighborhood home about 10:50 p.m. Police said she was inside the home in the 1800 block of South Trumbull Avenue when she was hit in the chest. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where her condition was stabilized.

• A 15-year-old boy walked into Comer Children's Hospital with a gunshot wound to his foot that he suffered in the South Loop neighborhood about 10:45 p.m. Police said the boy was on Cermak Road just west of State Street when someone shot him. He was listed in good condition.

• A 20-year-old man was shot in the East Garfield Park neighborhood about 10:30 p.m. He was in the alley between Washington Boulevard and West End Avenue just west of Pulaski Road when someone shot him in the buttocks. He was in fair condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.

• About 9:55 p.m., two teens were wounded in the Englewood neighborhood. A 17-year-old was shot in the thigh and taken to Saint Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center and a 16-year-old was taken to Comer Children's Hospital. The older boy suffered an in-and-out thigh wound and the younger boy was shot in the elbow. Someone fired at them after stepping out of a green van in the 7200 block of South Lowe Avenue, police said.

• An 18-year-old man was seriously injured after being shot in the Brainerd neighborhood on the Far South Side, according to Chicago police. The man was shot at about 2 p.m. on the 9200 block of South Throop Street, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a police spokesman. The man was hit in the leg and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition, police said.
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