At least 22 people were wounded in Chicago in a rash of gun violence during the first 12 hours of the weekend.
The bloody start comes a week after shootings in Chicago left 8 dead and 44 wounded in the city’s most violent weekend so far this year, prompting a response from Mayor Lightfoot and CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson.
And the violence persisted through most of the work week. On Thursday night, a shooting on Lake Shore Drive near Lincoln Park left one dead and three injured, just a few hours after two men were wounded in a shooting on Interstate 94 on the Far South Side.
Those six victims were among 44 shot in Chicago during the week between Monday and 5 p.m. Friday, 11 more than the number of people shot during the same time period last week.
“We have positioned saturation and tactical teams in areas that we are addressing ongoing gang conflicts that are contributing to recent violence,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Saturday.
“Additionally, there will be heavy saturation patrols along Lake Shore Drive and major thoroughfares beginning Friday and through the weekend,” he said.
In Saturday’s latest shooting, a man and a woman were wounded in a drive-by attack in Pilsen.
A 32-year-old woman was hit in both legs and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where her condition was stabilized, police said. A man, also 32, was taken to the same hospital in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds.
Bullets also hit a 26-year-old man in the leg, police said. He was taken to Roseland Hospital where his condition was stabilized.
An additional 13 people were wounded in separate shootings since 5 p.m. Friday, bringing the total number of people shot to 22 to start the weekend.
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