CHICAGO – From an 11-year-old girl shot in the back while sitting in a relative’s car on the Far South Side, to a woman caught in between an exchange of gunfire while crossing the street at Wells and Ontario in River North, it was yet another violent weekend in Chicago with more than 55 people injured and five murdered since 6 p.m. Friday.
One Chicago shooting attracting national attention occurred at about 4 a.m. Sunday when at least eight people were wounded around after someone fired into a crowd at a party in the 8900-block of South Cottage Grove Avenue in Burnside. Six men and two women were among the injured, with more than half in serious to critical condition.
“There were a lot of people and a lot of shooting, so they did not know where to run or where to hide,” said Pastor Donovan Price.
Price said he was listening to calls over the police scanner and went to the scene.
“There were people coming up that were shot in the leg, and this and that,” Price said. ‘Some people even shot and walking around. It is so chaotic. Everyone is looking for people. What hospital did they go to?”
He and other Chicago pastors united on the city’s South Side Monday evening, heartbroken over the violence from this past weekend.
“I say to Chicago, whatever it is you do. If you pray, then pray,” Price said. “But somebody, for God’s sake, do something.”
After a grim weekend, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown sought to provide context for the number of shootings taking place in Chicago by insisting things are getting better, despite what he calls “fits and starts.”
“Revenge, retaliation, will never be enough to satisfy you,” Brown said. “It can only destroy more lives.”
Fortunately, the 11-year-old girl is now out of the hospital. Her mother said she was in town from Iowa visiting cousins for the weekend getting her hair done. The girl was meant to have returned home Monday.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown blamed most of this weekend’s violence on the city’s gangs.
“This idea of an eye for an eye, leaves us both blind,” he said.
The city’s top cop sought to paint an improving picture of the violence, revealing that while murders are up 5%, and shootings are up 17% so far this year, they are now starting to trend downward.
“With fits and starts obviously. Up and down. Up and down. Our challenge is we need to trail off in the summer,” Brown said.
The challenge is a significant one. Brown said that while Chicago’s police department is the second largest in the country, CPD has fewer new officers than usual as COVID restrictions reduced class sizes in the police academy.
More than 30 of the weekend’s 58 shooting victims were attacked in police districts that have been leading the city in homicides: Austin, Englewood, Harrison, Ogden, Calumet and Gresham.
Story from ABC7Chicago.