As many feared, the first warm weekend in Chicago brought a spike of violence. By the end of Sunday, there were 24 shootings across the city, including five murders, according to police.
Last year’s first warm weekend brought similar numbers of violence, specifically 18 shootings and four murders.
Children injured in possible domestic dispute
One incident involved two children who were among several others injured at a baby shower. Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi reported that the children were in stable condition as of Monday.
“We know that two men in dark clothing approached the family gathering which we believe was a baby shower and opened fire,” Guglielmi said in a statement, adding that “cooperation has been very limited with detectives, and based on victim profiles we suspect this could have been a possible retaliatory shooting from an earlier incident that stemmed from an ongoing gang conflict in that neighborhood.”
Three homicide investigations were launched by police Sunday morning. Officers responded to a call in Englewood after a 52-year-old man received a gunshot wound to his head. Officials said he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The same morning, officers were called to the Woodlawn area where a man, 32, was shot numerous times in the back. He was pronounced dead after being taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Earlier in the weekend, a teenager was shot to death in Morgan Park. The incident also left a 22-year-old man wounded.
Violence heats up Mayoral race
Many candidates in the race for Chicago’s mayoral election have insisted that Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson give up his badge. Current mayor Lori Lightfoot has taken more patient measures and has predicted that more moderate temperatures would usher in more gun violence.
“We’re going to be heading soon into the summer violence season,” Lightfoot said, adding “After that’s over, we’ll evaluate at that point, but I’m going to be working closely with the superintendent and with his executive team to make sure that we keep our neighborhoods safe.”