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Chicago crime: 17 shot, 4 fatally so far in weekend violence, including 9-year-old boy

by Paul Goldberg

ABC7 reports another weekend of gun violence has taken at least four lives in Chicago, including a 9-year-old boy.

Chicago police said 17 people have been shot, 4 fatally so far in Chicago since 6:00 p.m. Friday.

The latest shooting involved a 23-year-old man who was fatally shot in South Shore Saturday morning.

The man was found with a gunshot wound in his chest and leg in the 7700 block of South Phillips Avenue just before 6 a.m., according to police.

He was rushed to University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, but later died, police said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not identified the man.

The circumstances of the shooting are unknown because the 23-year-old man was unable to speak to officers and witness accounts have changed, police said.

Area Two detectives are investigating.

Five people were also shot, one fatally in Austin on Chicago’s West Side early Saturday morning.

Chicago police say two people fired shots into the yard where the victims had gathered in the 100 block of North Laport Avenue just after 12:30 a.m. Saturday, striking five people.

A 23-year-old man was shot multiple times in the body and was taken to West Suburban Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Two men and two women were also shot and taken to local hospitals in good condition, according to police.

Two people seen running from the scene were taking into custody and are being questioned by police, officials say.

Murders, shootings on the rise

Murders and shootings reported last month in Chicago increased drastically from July 2019, but overall crime in the city decreased, according to data released by Chicago police.

The 105 murders reported in July mark a nearly 139% increase from the 44 reported in July 2019, while the 406 shooting incidents are a 75% increase from the 232 last July, according to figures in a statement from police Saturday.

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