Nearly 40 people were wounded in gun violence over one of Chicago's bloodiest weekends in recent months this weekend.
According to Fox Chicago, seven people were killed in shootings and one in a stabbing incident over the weekend in Chicago.
The fatal shooting victims range in age from 23 to 46. William Lee Martin, 30, died after being shot in the 4200 block of South Wells Street in Fuller Park around 6:20 p.m. Friday. Three other people were wounded in the same shooting which was followed, fifteen minutes later, with a separate shooting about two miles away -- in the 1100 block of West 51st Street -- where two 19-year-old men were critically wounded in an apparent drive-by shooting, according to DNAinfo.com Chicago.
Later on Friday, around 9:30 p.m., Aswell Selmon, 46, was fatally shot in front of his home and two others wounded critically during a shooting in the 5000 block of North Winthrop Avenue in the city's Uptown neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Marlon L. Vaughn, 28, was stabbed in the chest in the city's Lawndale neighborhood around 12:25 a.m. Saturday and died shortly thereafter at an area hospital.
Fox Chicago has a rundown of additional fatal and non-fatal shootings in Chicago.
According to the RedEye homicide tracker's tally, Chicago is up to 485 homicides this year, as of early Sunday. Last Monday, on the heels of a holiday weekend that saw at least 24 shootings, two men were shot, one fatally, outside of a funeral for an alleged gang member. Later Monday evening, Porshe Foster, a 15-year-old girl, was fatally shot while standing with friends in a back yard during a sleepover.
Still, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy commented last week that the city is actually on track to having one of the nation's largest reductions in overall crime this year -- despite widespread reports on the city's soaring homicide rate when compared to last year. Since May 1, homicides in the city have actually decreased, according to McCarthy.