Four people were killed and more than a dozen others wounded in shootings Friday evening into Saturday in Chicago, continuing the trend of surging gun violence in the United States' third-largest city.
One day after 13 people were wounded in shootings over a half-hour in Chicago, at least another 17 people were shot as the city experienced a violent start to the weekend, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Lucian Dreux, 17, the youngest of the four fatalities overnight, was gunned down early in the evening near the intersection of 79th Street and Drexel Avenue in the city's South Side Chatham neighborhood, the Tribune reports. He was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the boy had been standing with a 42-year-old woman around 5:42 p.m. when someone riding past them on a mountain bike opened fire. The woman was shot in the thigh and taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.
Just minutes later and about seven miles north, around 5:45 p.m., Noah Cruz, 30, was shot in the chest in the 3000 block of South Wallace Street in Bridgeport. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at Stroger Hospital, NBC Chicago reports.
Another of the overnight fatal shootings took place mere blocks from President Obama's Chicago home around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, CBS Chicago notes. Stephin Williams, 23, was fatally shot when two men approached his car in the 4900 block of South Drexel in the city's Kenwood neighborhood and announced a robbery.
Williams, who was with his girlfriend in the car, confronted the men and was shot multiple times, the station reports. He was pronounced dead at 3:10 a.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Phillip McCall, 34, was shot six times in the 8800 block of South Prairie Avenue in the city's West Chesterfield neighborhood about 8 p.m. Friday, according to the Tribune. He died at Stroger Hospital.
Among those wounded by gunfire was a 15-year-old girl listed in critical condition Saturday, ABC Chicago reports. The Sun-Times has a full listing of non-fatal shootings Friday night into early Saturday in Chicago.
Previously, 19 people were shot Thursday night into early Friday in Chicago, 13 of the shootings which took place over the course of 30 minutes. The previous weekend, the city tied its highest number of homicides in one day this year when six people were killed on Aug. 18. That weekend also saw at least 36 additional non-fatal shootings citywide.
As of Aug. 20, homicides in Chicago this month already surpassed August 2011 numbers. As of the end of July, homicides this year at up about 27 percent over the previous year.
Gun violence in Chicago was the subject of a recent segment on HuffPost Live, which featured a panel of activists and journalists including Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church weighing in on what has been a violent summer in the Windy City.
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