With high records of violence on past July 4th holidays, Chicago Police dispatched additional 1,500 on the street this year. Because of the greater police presence, the number of shootings during this holiday did decrease significantly. In 2013, 15 were killed and 62 were wounded over the holiday weekend. In 2014, 16 were killed and 66 were wounded. In 2015, the numbers decreased slightly with 11 killed and 55 wounded and 6 killed and 62 wounded in 2016. In 2017, these numbers skyrocketed with 15 killed and 89 wounded. This year, the numbers are lower than anything we’ve seen in years with 1 killed, and 12 wounded. Among these were a fatal police shooting and the shooting of two teenage boys.
In a statement to Chicago News, Sergeant Rocco Alioto stated, “There was a strategic gang enforcement suppression mission to combat violence which was focused on the West Side, and throughout the city there were 51 guns seized on July 4th.”
Around 6:45 pm Tuesday, a 25-year-old man was shot in the arm while standing on the sidewalk in the 10700 block of South Lowe Avenue. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition.
On Tuesday July 3rd at approximately 7:59pm, a man was fatally shot by police officers in the 4700 block of West Fulton St. Officers responded to a person with a gun call when they were confronted by an armed offender. Officers fired shots and the offender was later pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.
A 50-year-old man was shot in the back during a domestic argument in the 2600 block of North Major Avenue. The argument occurred around 12:40pm with someone he knew. He is in stable condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Less than an hour later, a 30-year-old woman was shot in the leg in the 300 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue in West Garfield Park. She was hit about 1:15 am Wednesday and was taken to Mount Sinai in good condition.
Around 2:55 am Wednesday in the 5200 block of South Ashland Avenue, a 24-year-old man was sitting in a parked car when someone got out of a black SUV and fired shots. The man was shot in the arm and stomach. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.
Around 11am, a 29-year-old man was shot in the torso in the 10600 block of South Lowe Avenue. He is at Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.
A 16-year-old boy suffered gunshot wounds to the torso about 4:55 pm Wednesday while standing on the sidewalk in the 3900 block of West Monroe. He is in good condition.
A 17-year old boy was grazed in the abdomen when someone yelled at him and opened fire. The shooting occurred about 7:55 pm Wednesday in the 2100 block of North Kedzie in the Logan Square neighborhood. The boy was taken to the Illinois Masonic Medical Center and is in good condition.
Around 9:50 pm, a 34-year-old man was watching fireworks in front of a building in the 2300 block of North Mobile Avenue when he was shot in the knee. He was taken to Community First Hospital in good condition
Around 11:30 pm in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, a 24-year-old man was found on the front porch of a home in the 1000 block of North Ridgeway Ave with a gunshot wound to the neck. He is a Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
A 37-year-old man was riding a bicycle in the 6800 block of South Ashland Ave when a car hit him and knocked him down. Someone in the vehicle then fired shots at him, hitting him in the leg. The incident occurred around 2:50am Thursday. The man was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center where he was stabilized.
A 26-year-old man in Englewood was shot in the head around 3:50 am while sitting on the front porch of a home in the 5500 block of South Carpenter Street. He is in serious condition at University of Chicago Medical Center.
Around 4:15 am Thursday, a 32-year-old man was driving a car in the 7200 block of South Shore Drive when he got into an argument with a passenger who shot him in the chest. The man was taken to University of Chicago Medical center in critical condition.