Chicago experienced its most violent weekend after 36 people were involved in shootings, leaving 7 dead. The most-recent fatal occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when Marquette District police officers shot an armed man in South Lawndale, police said in a statement.
They attempted to pull a vehicle over for a traffic violation and when the car came to a stop, a passenger took off on foot. He was shot by police when he reached for a weapon in his waistband.
Six people age 16 to 40 were shot to death and at least 36 people were wounded in Chicago’s most violent weekend this year, authorities said.
The victims included 16-year-old Kevin Rivera, who was killed late Saturday when a gunman on a bicycle shot him as he walked in an alley near his home, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Others shot to death over the weekend in separate incidents include Jamal Jones, 19, Ricardo Herrera, 21, McGregory Porter, 24, Cortez Wilberton, 31, and Todd Wood, 40.
Residents of the third most populous city in the U.S. are on the edge, to say the least.
“I had a family from my parish tell me recently that their 10-year-old son didn’t want to come back to Chicago from vacation because of the violence,” the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Catholic Church said.