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CHICAGO: 6 Dead, 63 Wounded in Shootings Over Memorial Day Weekend

At least six people were shot dead and at least 63 others wounded in a series of shootings in Chicago's neighborhoods over the Memorial Day weekend

At least six people were shot dead and at least 63 others wounded in a series of shootings in Chicago’s neighborhoods over the Memorial Day weekend.

The holiday weekend’s first fatal shooting happened Friday evening when a 25-year-old man was shot dead in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Just before 11 p.m., Mark Lindsey was sitting in a vehicle parked near his home in the 3700 block of West 75th Place when a gunman walked up and shot him repeatedly across the chest and body, police said.

He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 11:34 p.m., they added.

By Saturday evening, Chicago Police Department reported 19 people had been shot, four fatally, including a 15-year-old female.

First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said the police department planned to increase patrols in certain areas on Monday.

“As we’ve said before, it’s about 1,500 people that are driving the violence, those are the people we’re trying to concentrate on,” Escalente said, according to NBC.

Memorial Day Weekend Violence


“It’s unacceptable,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters at news conference at City Hall, Tuesday.

“Memorial Day is a time when we begin our summer. Families should be able to enjoy the time in their backyard, their barbecues, the beaches, and a lot of families did. But a lot of individual families did not.”

The Rev. Dr. Michael Pfleger said in a Facebook post Friday that residents seemed to be “hunkering down” because they expected bad things to happen.

“What we really need to be doing is getting out, walking around. Don’t board up your house. Be out on your block. Be vigilant. Fear either paralyzes you or it motivates you. We could have this be the safest weekend of the summer if everyone was out talking to one another.”

“This has all amped up from what I’ve ever seen. There’s a boiling point, and guns have become part of America’s wardrobe. People out here presume everyone has one, and they’ll tell you, ‘I’m going to draw mine before I get laid down,’ ” Pfleger added.

DNAinfo.com catalogued the violence:

• Two men were found shot to death around 11 p.m. Monday night: one in West Ridge and theother in Washington Park.

• At 10:35 a.m. Monday morning, a 17-year-old was hurt in a drive-by shooting in Austin.

• Around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon, a 15-year-old boy was shot in Englewood.

• About a half-hour later, a 17-year-old was shot in Little Village.

• Most recently, around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, a 30-year-old man was walking in the 10200 block of South LaSalle Street in Roseland when a man walked up and shot at him, according to Officer Bari Lemmon, a Chicago Police spokeswoman.

The man was brought to Advocate Christ Medical Center with a gunshot wound in his shoulder, Lemmon said. Police could not provide his condition, but said he was “stable.”
Police said the man is a documented gang member.

• Around 12:50 a.m., a 17-year-old was walking on the sidewalk in the 2600 block of East 73rd Street in South Shore when she heard gunshots and felt pain, Lemmon said.

The teen was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was “stable” with a gunshot wound in her back, police said.
Police later identified a 21-year-old man who was also hurt in the shooting. He was brought to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was in good condition with a gunshot wound in his back, Lemmon said.

• About a half-hour earlier, four people were caught in the crossfire of two men shooting at each other in the 3300 block of West Huron Street in East Garfield Park, police said.
A 52-year-old was shot in his foot and brought to Norwegian Hospital, where he was listed in good condition, Lemmon said.

An 18-year-old woman, a 19-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were all shot in their legs and brought to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where they were in good condition, Lemmon said.

• Around 9:30 p.m. Monday night, a 24-year-old man was walking in the 1500 block of East 73rd Street in Grand Crossing when someone shot at him out of a passing light-colored car, police said.

The man was brought to Stroger Hospital, where he was “stable” with a gunshot wound in his right arm and left leg, police said.

• About 4:55 p.m., a 16-year-old boy was standing on the sidewalk in the 8700 block of South Escanaba Avenue in South Chicago when a man emerged from a nearby gangway and shot at him, police said.

The boy was taken to Advocate Christ medical Center, where he was “stable” with a gunshot wound in his right leg, police said.

Police said the boy is a documented gang member.

• Just before 11 a.m. Monday, two men were standing in the 3800 block of West Gladys Avenue when someone shot at them out of a passing black Nissan, Lemmon said.

One man, 28, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition with a gunshot wound in his lower back, Lemmon said.

The other man, 21, was shot in his elbow and brought to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in good condition, Lemmon said.

Police said both men are documented gang members and convicted felons.

No one is in custody for any of the shootings, police said.

The total number of people shot during the weekend this year surpassed the 2015 holiday, when 55 people were shot, 12 fatally, over Memorial Day weekend.

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