Chicago: Most violent weekend of 2020 after 82 people shot, 19 killed during weekend of riots


CHICAGO, IL – The city of Chicago has now seen its most violent weekend of the year to date. It was reported that 82 people were shot between May 29th through May 31st, with 19 of those resulting in death.

This all happened in concurrence with the riots and protests police were having to tend to in the city.

The city of Chicago had recently implemented a curfew in order to be able to regain a degree of control, after incidents of arson, looting, and overall rioting plagued the weekend.

But while fires burned, and police were occupied, murder was taking place within the city.

On May 31st, police say that an 18-year-old girl was fatally shot in the head at approximately 10:51 p.m. along the 4200 block of West Van Buren Street.

A few hours prior on the same day, a man was also shot on the West Side in the Austin neighborhood. The 27-year-old male victim was said to have died after sustaining a gunshot wound to the leg.

At around 8:00 p.m. on the 31st, a man was shot several times in the head and body while driving within the 900 block of East 93rd Street.

Police pronounced him dead at the scene. Another man was killed while in his vehicle at around 6:43 p.m. in the 4600 block of South Marshfield Avenue.

An 18-year-old male victim was dropped off outside of Stroger Hospital after reportedly being shot at about 3:20 p.m. on the 31st.

He was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital. Just one hour prior, another gunshot wound victim was dropped off outside of a West Side hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Shortly before 2:00 p.m. on the 31st, police were notified about a deceased male found in East Garfield Park. Authorities noted that he suffered several gunshot wounds, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ten minutes before the body was discovered in East Garfield Park, two men were killed in a drive-by on the 1600 block of East 95th Street.

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Police also were alerted to a deceased 37-year-old male found shot to death in Marquette Park a few minutes past 10:00 a.m. that morning.

Two other drive-by shooting that took place in on North Mason Avenue and South Laflin Street resulted in two other gunshot wound deaths.

Those 12 fatal shootings were only on Sunday the 31st, whereas the other deaths happened between the 29th and the 30th.

Six individuals were reported as being gunned down on Saturday the 30th.

Police have since been able to identify those murdered that day, which were 26-year-old Bernardino Mercado, 34-year-old Fernando De Leon, 26-year-old Noel Dominguez, 39-year-old David L. Green, 21-year-old Gregory A. Lewis, and 30-year-old Danyal P. Jones.

On May 29th, the first recorded murder from the explosively violent weekend was 23-year-old Deonte Fleming. In that case, police say that the victim was shot in both the chest and side from someone inside of a vehicle on the 1200 block of West 70th Street.

Some online have been relaying critical comments of what’s actively playing out in Chicago. One Twitter user wrote:

“82 people shot in Chicago this weekend with 19 deaths. Most of them black men on the south and west side. Fuckin war zone against each other and against the police. This is disgusting.”

Of all the non-fatal shootings that happened over the weekend in Chicago, at least one has been attributed to the riots that took over the city. On May 29th, a male was shot in the arm while allegedly protecting the Binny’s Beverage Depot from potential rioters and looters.

Considering that this happened to be Chicago’s most violent weekend to date as the riots distracted policing resources, it wouldn’t be crazy to draw a correlation between the two elements.

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