At least nine people have been killed and 32 others wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday. Of the 41 people shot, 16 of them were shot on Easter Sunday. The weekend’s latest shooting took place just after 7:30 p.m. near 67th Street and Michigan Avenue where four children were injured. Police said the shooting took place in the Park Manor neighborhood. The kids were coming from a park near Brownell Elementary School when witnesses say a car pulled up and someone in the car asked them a question. The group fled but someone in the car opened fire striking three girls and one boy, witnesses said. “I thought it was firecrackers but I saw everyone running,” said witness Kimyana Bryant. “My mom ran over to us. I was trying to get all the kids from the park. I brought them over here so they could be in the house with us.” Police could not yet confirm details on the circumstances surrounding the shooting. A 15-year-old girl was in stable condition and an 11-year-old girl was listed in critical condition. Both were transported to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to authorities. A 14-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl were both taken to Comer Children’s Hospital. The boy was last listed in stable condition and the girl was in serious condition.
At least 23 shell casings were seen on the ground near the scene. “You can’t even come to the park and enjoy yourself without this happening,” said witness Christiana Sanders. “The kids should be able to come into their community without worrying about violence. It needs to stop.” No one was in custody as of Sunday evening. On Sunday afternoon, a man was shot in the 6800 block of South Laflin Street. A 20-year-old man was shot in the face around 3:30 p.m. and transported to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment and a 25-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition, police said. Around 1 p.m. Sunday, two people were fatally shot in the 2800 block of South Sawyer Avenue. A 33-year-old man was fatally shot in the head and a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest. The 19-year-old man was taken in critical condition to an area hospital, but police said he later died of his injuries. Police said the two were traveling in a vehicle when an orange hummer drove alongside and fired shots. Area Central detectives are investigating, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala. Around 9 a.m. Sunday, two men suffered gunshot wounds to their backs in the 8300 block of South Ada Street, Zala said. Both men were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition. As of Sunday afternoon, police were still trying to determine what caused the shooting. More