Chicago police arrest 30 to curb holiday weekend violence

Lance Nichols
May 31, 2017

The most recent fatal shooting happened at around 2:50 the 5700 block of South Prairie, in Washington Park. The younger man was shot in the right knee, while the older man suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg.

On Monday morning in an apparent murder-suicide, a 25-year-old woman and 32-year-old man were found shot in the head in the sixth-floor hallway of an apartment building in the 2900 block of South State Street.

One of the men was shot in the head and died. The victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized. Freeman was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The girl was also wounded in the shooting and taken to a local hospital as well.

Three other people were shot in the 1500 block of East 74th Street.

A 22-year-old man was shot while walking in the Old Irving Park neighborhood just after 12:30 a.m. Several men fired shots from the gangway in the 6600 block of South Campbell Avenue. The woman was with a group of people in the 6200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue when a vehicle pulled up and two people inside the auto fired shots at the group. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.

"This is sad, man", said the 37-year-old cashier at the gas station, who asked to remain anonymous. The men said they were in the 1100 block of North Lockwood Avenue when they heard shots and felt pain. The other two men are in stable condition. The gunshot appeared to be self-inflicted, and police confiscated the gun, according to police.

The man was a documented gang member, a police source said. Shootings over Memorial Day weekend in 2016 were the worst in four years, according to the Tribune.

This year's holiday weekend was less violent than last year's. Last year, there were about 880 extra officers working, according to police.

Even though this past weekend had an extra day, there were only 14 more people shot than the weekend before. That trend continued a year ago when the Memorial Day weekend ended with 56 people wounded in shootings and six people killed.

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