Gun-controlled Chicago: At least 70 shot, 14 killed, including seven-year-old girl over July 4th weekend

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CHICAGO, IL – In the city of Chicago, over the 4th of July weekend, a series of violent shootings occurred, taking 14 lives and injuring approximately 70 individuals. On Sunday, July 5, by 5:29pm The Chicago Tribune reported the shooting resulted in 80 people shot and injured, and 17 total deaths.

Among the fatalities was a seven-year-old, Natalie Wallace from South Austin, Chicago’s West Side. Natalie was shot while at a family gathering.

Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Fred Waller told CBS 2 News that the girl was visiting her grandmother for 4th of July weekend. The police said Natalie was playing with other children in the sidewalk at 7:02pm when a light-colored vehicle approached, and an unknown number of people got out of the vehicle and started shooting toward the girl.

She was shot in the forehead and died at Stroger Hospital of Cook County. A 32-year-old male transported himself to Mount Sinai was also wounded in the shooting. He was hit in the ankle and  grazed in the leg.

Chief of Police Waller said:

“When families should be celebrating, having a good time, spending time together, a 7-year-old was taken from us. A 7-year-old girl who was here visiting her grandmother, visiting her family, and now she’s gone.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot made a statement about the Natalie Wallace and the other shootings:

“Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun. As families gather to commemorate the founding of our nation, we must ask ourselves: is this who we are as a city or as a country? We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.

“We must stop the violence before it starts by investing in our children, our neighborhoods and our schools. We must continue to invest in our street outreach work, in police-community relationships, and in healing those who have been harmed by violence so that we can stop the cycle of retaliation.

“As a city, we must wrap our arms around our youth so they understand there’s a future for them that isn’t wrapped up in gun violence. This has happened for far too long in our communities. I call on anyone with information on these incidents to come forward or submit a tip anonymously at cpdtip.com. Those committing these senseless acts of violence will be held accountable.”

The Chicago Police Department had recently started an aggressive crime-reduction strategy. Officers attended anti-violence rallies and the department added 1,200 officers.

Police said they have “very good” surveillance video of the vehicle involved in the shooting and are looking at identifying the vehicle and suspects.

A 14-year-old boy from Englewood was also shot dead later on Saturday evening. These fatalities come one week after a one-year old and a 10-year-old were shot dead in Mayor Lightfoot’s city of Chicago.  

Breitbart reported a 75% increase in shootings the month of June in Chicago on July 1, 2020. NBC 5 also reported that murders massively increased from June of 2019 to June of 2020, at a rate of 78%.

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NBC 5 reported from police a timeline of events from the shootings over the 4th of July weekend. Chicago police reported that at least 16 people are dead from the shootings and at least 69 others were wounded in the shootings which occurred across the city of Chicago.


 

Early Sunday morning, multiple fatal shootings were reported, including at the 1000 block of East 132nd Street. Chicago Police reported that a large group of people started to argue in a parking lot with a lone male prior to leaving a parking lot and walking into a dwelling.

The lone male opened fire through the door, hitting two of the people in the lot. A 24-year old man was shot in the left torso. Later, the man was declared dead at Christ Medical Center. Another man, 20-years-old, was shot in his left leg, and is recovering at Christ Hospital.

One hour later, another shooting was reported to the police in the 1500 block of South Millard Avenue. There, police discovered that six people were shot as they were setting off fireworks. A woman in her early 20s was shot in the head and abdomen.

The shots reportedly came from a white vehicle. The woman was taken to the Mount Sinai Hospital where she died.

Three males from the group were also shot and wounded. One of them was a 30-year-old male, who suffered wounds to the left shoulder and knee. Another was a 27-year-old male shot in the right abdomen and a 28-year-old male was shot in the left shoulder and leg. All three are recovering at Mount Sinai.

In the 8600 block of South Vincennes, at around 2:15am, a 21-year-old male was shot in the head while standing on the sidewalk. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he died.

No one has been arrested in any of these shootings.

The shootings started on Thursday night at 9:30pm in the 4100 block of West 27th Street. A 27-year-old male was shot multiple times while walking down the street. It was reported that two males got out of a vehicle and started firing weapons. The man died after being transported to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Less than two hours later, a second fatal shooting occurred in the 4700 block of West Huron, police said. At around 11:15pm two males were shot while standing in the sidewalk. It was reported that a man walked up to them and shot them. In that incident, a 39-year-old male was shot in the chest, neck, and face, and a 36-year-old male was shot in both arms.

Both males were rushed to Mount Sinai for treatment. The 36-year-old is recovering, but the 39-year-old has died.

On Friday, a 28-year-old male was shot in the 5700 block of South Elizabeth. He was sitting on his porch when an unidentified male walked up to him and shot him in the head. The 28-year-old was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he died, police said.

As the Fourth of July began, one more fatal shooting occurred in the 6600 block of South Halsted Avenue. Two men were at a local business when a male shot at them. One of the victims was a 20-year-old man who died later at the University of Chicago from multiple gunshot wounds.

The other victim was a 49-year-old male, who was sitting in a vehicle during the shooting and was shot in the left thigh. He too was taken to the University of Chicago and is in critical condition. The Area One detectives are investigating the shooting.

On early Saturday morning, another shooting occurred on South Lake Shore Drive. This time a group of six men approached a 34-year-old woman who was with two males.

The woman was distracted by several of the six men, as the other men started shooting at the trio. The female was shot in the head and died at the scene.

One of the people with her, a 26-year-old male, was shot in his right leg, thigh, and torso. The other with her was a 32-year-old male, who was grazed in the left leg. The 26-year-old male was taken to the University of Chicago while the 32-year-old was taken to Northwestern.  

The list of shootings across the city continues.

 

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