Throughout Friday and Saturday night in Chicago under Mayor Brandon Johnson’s administration, a series of shootings resulted in at least 14 victims, four of which proved fatal.
According to sources from ABC 7 and Chicago Sun-Times, the first deadly shooting of the weekend occurred at around 10:40 p.m. on Friday in an apartment complex in the 8000 block of South Hermitage Avenue. A 44-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to his back in a hallway. He was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
In a subsequent incident on Saturday, at approximately 3 a.m., authorities arrived at the scene in response to a shooting report in the 8000 block of South Union Avenue. They discovered an unidentified man with a headshot injury in an alley. The individual was pronounced dead at the location.
Further incidents on Saturday morning saw a 30-year-old male shot inside a residence in the 12000 block of S. Prairie. At the time, he was in the company of a 31-year-old woman who also suffered gunshot wounds. The man did not survive his injuries, while the woman’s condition remains critical.
Later that morning, a 25-year-old male became a victim of a drive-by shooting in the 5000 block of West 45th Street. Despite being taken to a hospital promptly, he did not survive.
A Sun-Times database indicates a concerning trend, documenting that from January 1 to August 9, 2023, Chicago witnessed 415 fatalities resulting from shootings.
This database enumerates all individuals in Chicago who have been fatally wounded. The data is aggregated from the Chicago Sun-Times reports, law enforcement agencies, and the Cook County medical examiner’s office and is updated daily.
As of this writing, there have been 417 homicide deaths in Chicago in 2023.
Between 2010 and 2020, the Chicago Police Department’s 15th District in Austin experienced a 274 percent surge in its per-capita murder rate, reaching 115.2 per 100,000 inhabitants. In the 11th District, which covers Garfield Park, there was a 114 percent rise, with the murder rate touching 146.8 per 100,000 residents. This information comes from the University of Chicago Crime Lab.
Remarkably, these homicide rates rival some of the world’s most violent cities. Data analysis by Statista reveals that Tijuana, Mexico, recognized as the world’s most violent city, records a murder rate of 138 per 100,000 residents.