Only 38 People Shot On Memorial Day Weekend In Chicago - Just 9 Dead

A teenage boy and a young mother were amongst the 38 victims of gun violence in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend.

Chicago, IL – Nine people were killed and 29 others were wounded in shootings in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend, according to WLS-TV.

During a press conference on Tuesday morning, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said “the number of shootings was significantly down from 2016, as well as 2017.”

In 2017, there were seven people killed and 45 people injured in shootings over the Memorial Day weekend. In 2016, eight people were killed and 57 people were wounded over the three-day holiday span, according to WLS.

“We did see some reduction in the holiday violence in comparison to last year. I’m not happy with it of course, I won’t be happy til we have zero murders and zero shootings,” the superintendent said. “But there was some progress made, and I am happy about that. But it just goes to underscore that there’s still a lot more work to be done.”

He told reporters there were 15 arrests in the city over the weekend and that three of them involved gun charges.

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The 38 people were wounded or killed between midnight on Friday and continued through Monday at 11:59 p.m., according to WLS.

"It's probably been on par for what we've experienced in the last few years, a little up here and little down here," Chief Fred Waller told WLS. "But I've been very impressed and very proud of the officers and their hard work."

A 15-year-old boy was among those wounded over the holiday weekend, according to WLS.

Police said the boy was shot in his back and hips just after 11 p.m. on Sunday night as he was walking towards a car.

Witnesses told police a mini-van pulled up and someone inside shouted a gang-related slogan, and then fired a gun, striking the boy. Police have not yet made any arrests in that incident, WLS reported.

In a separate incident, a young mother was shot and killed by a stray bullet at 1:03 a.m. on Saturday, while sitting on her front doorstep celebrating her two-year-old’s birthday, according to WLS.

Thirty-one year old Jeremy Ross was the first fatal shooting of the holiday weekend.

Ross got out of his car and began to argue with another person near an exit ramp. That person pulled out a gun and shot Ross twice in the chest and once in the head, according to the police.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to WLS.

USA Today reported that Chicago has had 191 murders in 2018 as of May 28.

Comments (8)
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John.Brown
John.Brown

Things are looking up!

Sherb13
Sherb13

ONLY 38. When the word ONLY is used to describe 38 people shot you know the situation is bad.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This is why black lives matter. Only 38 people shot - WOW, doesn't get any better than that. Way to go Chicago!

RunCop
RunCop

Ha ha ha ha haaaaaaa.....animals thugs!

JMK2244
JMK2244

"ONLY" 38?

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

The reason there were only 38 must mean that there is an ammo shortage in Chicago because there are no gun shops. I think we should start a go fund me page so we can supply ammo to those neighborhoods and let them solve their own crime problem by killing each other. Oops was that being insensitive!?!? Relax this is ment as humor. Just let BLM solve the problem because they are so concerned about black lives. Oops I forgot, they never come to Chicago because it is unsafe for black people there.

Ginalop55
Ginalop55

Oh gee, I wonder who it is that does the shooting...why it’s black folks. They kill their own and that’s a fact! I guess Black Lives Don’t matter...

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Chicago PD is facing the equivalent of the US Army during the Vietnam War. You can't be effective under so many restrictions and restraints and no support from the ones in charge of it all.