Out Of Control: 82 People Shot, 14 Killed In Chicago During 84-Hour 4th Of July Weekend [Video/Pics]

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Written by @PeterNickeas for the Chicago Tribune

For 10 minutes, it seemed like the shooting was everywhere in the South Chicago neighborhood.

It started when someone shot and wounded a couple, then two people fired at the shooter, then there was a chase and shots exchanged and a man sitting on a porch was hit. Responding officers kept cutting each other off on their radios as they reported other gunfire in the area late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Then the heavy equipment rolled in: A helicopter and SUVs packed with lockers of rifles. SWAT teams in green coveralls patrolled the streets with uniformed officers.

It was just one of dozens of shooting scenes across Chicago over the long Fourth of July weekend. In all, at least 82 people were shot, 14 of them fatally, since Thursday afternoon when two woman were shot as they sat outside a two-flat within a block of Garfield Park.

Five of the people were shot by police over 36 hours on Friday and Saturday, including two boys 14 and 16 who were killed when they allegedly refused to drop their guns.

Many of the long weekend's shootings were on the South Side, clustered in the Englewood, Roseland, Gresham and West Pullman neighborhoods that rank among the most violent in the city.

The victims ranged from the 14-year-boy shot by police in the Old Irving Park neighborhood to a 66-year-old woman grazed in the head as she walked up the steps of her porch on the Far South Side.  Most victims were in their late teens and 20s.

Each night of the long holiday weekend, at least a dozen people were shot in the greatest burst of gun violence Chicago has seen this year.

• From Thursday night into Friday, three people were killed and 10 others wounded. An attack outside a West Englewood salon left two men dead and an East Garfield Park shooting took the life of a 21-year-old woman.

• From Friday afternoon into Saturday, 20 people were shot, one fatally. The man who died had been flashing gang signs in a parking lot in the Clearing neighborhood when someone told him to stop. When the man didn’t, he was shot, police said.

• From Saturday night into Sunday morning, four people were killed and another 10 wounded.

• The bloodiest stretch of the weekend was a 13-hour period between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 3:30 a.m. Monday when four people were killed and at least another 26 wounded, many of them in critical condition. And the most chaotic scene was in South Chicago, where three people were wounded during a running gun battle.

The shooting started around 11:20 p.m. Sunday when someone opened fire at two people who just left a store on Exchange Avenue south of 80th Street. A 25-year-old man was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a 19-year-old woman was stabilized at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

While the man was firing, two people on the street shot at him and a chase ensued, with the three exchanging gunfire through a vacant lot west toward Escanaba Avenue, police and neighbors said.

The three didn't hit each other but a 48-year-old man was caught in the crossfire while sitting on the porch. He was wounded in the ankle and taken to Jackson Park Hospital.

The shooting kicked off an hour of occasional chaos as responding officers kept hearing gunfire, first the exchange between the three, then an apparently unrelated volley of shots a few blocks west on Muskegon Avenue where police found shell casings on a porch.

A 10-1 -- a call for an officer in distress -- was broadcast across the city because the shots were so close to police.

Officers from across the South Side responded, including tactical teams who had been ordered to wear their uniforms instead of plainclothes for the holiday weekend.

Police were radioing about hearing gunfire all over the neighborhood, and a district lieutenant ordered a perimeter over a three-block-by-four-block area. No one was taken into custody.

As a helicopter circled overhead, someone shot up a house a few blocks south on Exchange Avenue, just outside the perimeter, around midnight. The gunfire was called over the police radio before any 911 calls were received, and officers ran down the street toward where the gunfire came from.

The house that was hit by gunfire, in the 8400 block of South Exchange, was near where a teen had been shot earlier in the day and police had responded to a call of a gang disturbance. A group of gang members had been hanging out outside and someone wanted them removed, police said.

About half an hour later, the neighborhood had finally quieted down. "Release the perimeter," the lieutenant ordered, though he asked that patrol cars keep a watch on the four crime scenes.

A person was shot by police Friday night near Berenice and Cicero avenues. (Network Video Productions)

Deadly 4th of July weekend in Chicago

Associated Press coverage

Chicago violence out of control

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Comment by Twin Diesel on July 8, 2014 at 5:31pm
Maybe when there are no more black people in Chicago the world will take note. Maybe nobody cares.
Comment by F U C K IT!! (51-50) on July 8, 2014 at 4:45pm
its a war out there in chriaq.... shout out o'block
Comment by Vinny Vendetta on July 8, 2014 at 4:18pm
I wonder how many of these kid's have daddy's, have seen their parent f****** and or using drugs growing up, are verbally abused by their parents daily with foul language and common coonery?
Comment by SMP on July 8, 2014 at 4:07pm
That's sad
Comment by NathanaeL on July 8, 2014 at 12:51pm
smh, we live in a real F'd up time and they got us under mind control. I appreciate Common for atleast dedicating a song to the violence here, but wussup up with this Chiraq music remix s***. People dying and these industry vampires make s*** to amp them up to kill even more where is the New Public Enemy, KRS oNes at?/??
Comment by class_act on July 8, 2014 at 12:38pm
it's like the sound of fireworks had people on edge nervous nervous nervous.
Comment by A on July 8, 2014 at 10:54am
not only is black ignorance a serious problem, but their inability to hold themselves accountable and take any responsibility is equally as repulsive .. a true burden to our society
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on July 8, 2014 at 10:29am
Now al sharpten have a TV show and he dint say shet aboutt dis as far as i know...negga shoulda did a whole hour special on dis shet!!

Tha reason al sharpten and jessie jacksen aint sayin shet...is because they power is tied directly to havin and maintainin an ignant uneducated class of blacks!!

If blacks is upliffted and educated we would have no use for scum race hustlaz like sharpten and jacksen!!

Sharpten and jacksen not interested in uplifftin blacks by tellin them what they need to do...they tellin us tha white man is holdin us back!!

Negga freddrick douglas and many other blacks educated they self durin tha SLAVERY era...so it aint no excuse for us in today society to be dumm!!

But this is still a modern day slave era!!
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on July 8, 2014 at 10:22am
Chicago alreaddy have some of tha strictest gun laws in tha nation, so this is more proof dat criminals will get them sheets regardless....so we cannot let law abidin people be disarmed!!

Tha worse thing black people could do is call on tha gubbament to help...cos thazz what tha gubbament wants...

Gubbaments create social problems directly or indirectly creatin an environment that will allow a problem to come aboutt....then they let tha problem fester to tha point where people start yelllin GET US SOME HELP OUT HERE!!

Then you gon end up losin your rights to have tha gubbament help and protect you!!
Comment by Ronaldis Delahon on July 8, 2014 at 8:40am
These ignorant African Americans are doing just what the greedy government, white people, and uncle tom's want them to do and that's kill each other in their same race. That way it makes those white people's job that much easier and they can sit back, watch, and laugh at the massacres all the while taking over.

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