A bloody weekend in Chicago saw at least 40 people shot, four fatally, officials said, in a city that earlier had touted its decreasing crime and violence numbers.
Some 15 of the 40 people shot were teenagers, according to the reports. Officials said 25 people were shot within 2 and a half hours Sunday. Investigators continued their search for some of the shooters.
Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller at a news conference Sunday afternoon said: “We know that some of these incidents were targeted, and are related to gang conflicts in those areas.”
“If they [the shooters] shoot you they don’t even run,” a man told the Chicago Tribune. “They just walk away, they ain’t trying to run.”
The shooting spree began around 11 a.m. Saturday when a 38-year-old man was shot in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, the Tribune reported. About an hour later, two men in their 40s and 50s were struck by bullets when they were caught in the crossfire between two people firing at each other from across the street.
The man in his 50s was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, three men — ages 25, 26 and 22 — were shot in separate incidents throughout Chicago. It was unclear if the shooters were captured.