A dozen people were killed and at least 62 wounded in gun violence that rang out across Chicago over the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.
In the most recent violence, five people were wounded in an apparent confrontation between a landlord and a tenant about 8:10 p.m. in the 11300 block of South Forest Avenue in the city's Roseland neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune.
One of the five people taken to the hospital after the shooting -- a male struck multiple times by bullets -- was wounded critically.
From Wednesday afternoon through Sunday evening, 12 people were killed in shootings in Chicago and at least 62 others were wounded by gun violence, according to the Tribune. The numbers vary slightly from media outlet to media outlet depending on when their weekend violence tally began and whether it included police-involved shootings.
The most recent fatal shooting victim over the weekend was 19-year-old Ramone Godfrey. Godfrey was fatally shot in the back around 3:30 p.m. Sunday near 47th Street and Ashland Avenue and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to DNAinfo Chicago. Another man, 22, was also wounded in the chest and arm in the shooting and taken to Stroger Hospital.
Both males were reportedly in a car driven by a third male while traveling east on 47th Street when someone opened fire from the street.
Earlier in the weekend, the city logged its 200th homicide of the year, early Saturday, 25-year-old Jerimiah Milsap was shot to death about 3:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of West Maxwell Street on the Near West Side, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Two other men were wounded in the same shooting.
In another Saturday shooting, at least seven people were injured in a single drive-by shooting that left an eighth person, 49-year-old Terry Patterson, dead about 6 p.m. in the Lawndale neighborhood, according to the Tribune. Among the injured were a 72-year-old woman, a 41-year-old woman, three more men in their 40s, a 31-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman.
The weekend's youngest victims of gun violence included 5-year-old Jaden Donald and 7-year-old Christian Lyles, both shot in the late evening on July 4 in separate incidents.
A judge denied bond on Sunday for Darrell Chambers, the man accused of shooting Jaden Donald. The boy reportedly lost three organs as a result of the incident and two adult men -- the apparent targets -- were also wounded in the shooting.
The shooting prompted Pastor Dan Willis of Lighthouse Church of All Nations to comment on the perception of gun violence in Chicago being perceived as only impacting certain parts of the city.
"I really want people to know, this is not an Englewood problem," Willis told ABC Chicago. "This is not a South Side problem. It is all of our issue."
Earlier Thursday, three men were fatally shot in Chicago, including 17-year-old Christian Green, who was killed in a police-involved shooting about 1 p.m. in the Washington Park neighborhood, WGN reports.
Between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, 15 people were shot in Chicago -- three of them fatally.
In response to the violent weekend, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy released a statement saying "no shooting or murder is acceptable," as reported by NBC Chicago.
"While to date we've had significantly fewer shootings and significantly fewer murders this year, there's more work to be done and we won't rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety," McCarthy continued.
Still, some pointed out that the weekend violence was another sign that Chicago's strategy to combat violent crime is not working.
"Police should have saturated that area for the remainder of this weekend," Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) told the Sun-Times on the heels of a shooting in his ward. "There is a failure to police the street."
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