Labor Day weekend gun violence in Chicago: 10 killed, 46 wounded, including 13-year-old boy

The fatal attacks included a shooting early Sunday outside a bar in the Loop, and a man who was found with a gunshot wound in Old Town.

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Chicago police work the scene where two people were shot, including a 63-year-old woman and a man in his 20s in the 1600 block of South Lawndale Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. | Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Chicago police work the scene where two people were shot, including a 63-year-old woman and a man in his 20s in the 1600 block of South Lawndale Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022.

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Ten men were killed and at least 46 people, including a 13-year-old boy, were wounded by gunfire in Chicago over the Labor Day weekend.

Nearly half the people shot over the holiday weekend — and nearly half of those killed — were attacked in three police districts on the South Side where shootings have been down this year.

A total of 23 people were shot in the 4th, 7th and 9th police districts, four of them fatally. The districts include the Englewood, Bridgeport, South Chicago, South Deering and Calumet Heights neighborhoods.

The holiday weekend was more deadly than Labor Day weekend last year, when 67 people were shot, six of them fatally. A year earlier, in 2020, 56 people were hot over the holiday weekend, eight of them fatally. Over Labor Day weekend in 2019, 43 people were shot citywide, eight of them fatally.

Double murder in South Chicago

The deadliest weekend attack was Sunday in the South Chicago neighborhood, killing two men and wounding two others. They were on the porch of a home around 6:50 p.m. in the 8600 block of South Kingston Avenue when two people approached and opened fire, police said. Two men, 18 and 20, were pronounced dead. Another two men, also 18 and 20, were wounded.

Police said no one was in custody but that detectives were following leads.

“We’re certain that someone in the community knows who did it,” Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said in a news conference Tuesday morning. “We do have leads we’re following up on, but we definitely need more help,” he said.

Guard kills man wielding an ax at Greektown pot dispensary

Monday morning, a security guard fatally shot a man who struck him with an ax outside a marijuana dispensary in Greektown. About 10 a.m., a man, 30, began arguing with a 37-year-old man working as a security guard outside Zen Leaf Chicago, 222 S. Halsted St., over the business’ return policy, officials said.

The man swung an ax and struck the security guard in the leg, according to police. The security guard shot and killed the 30-year-old man, police said. The security guard was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition with cuts to his left leg.

Other weekend slayings

  • A man was killed Friday evening in West Garfield Park. The man, 24, was standing on the sidewalk in the 4400 block of West Jackson Boulevard when two cars approached and several people got out and began shooting around 6:30 p.m., police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Early Saturday, a man was fatally shot in Old Town on the Near North Side. The man, 31, was found on the ground with a gunshot wound in his chest a few minutes after midnight in the 1300 block of North Hudson Avenue, police said. He died at Northwestern MemorialHospital.
  • A few hours later, a man was killed in Englewood on the South Side. Officers found the man, 22, with gunshot wounds about 3 a.m. in the 6000 block of South Racine Avenue, police said. He was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center and pronounced dead.
  • A man was fatally shot at a gas station Saturday afternoon in Pullman on the Far South Side. Theatus White, 28, was in the 700 block of East 103rd Street when he got into an argument with someone who pulled a gun from a fanny pack and fired shots around 3:50 p.m., authorities said. He was shot in the chest, finger and forearm, and pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
  • Saturday night, a man was fatally shot after an argument in West Woodlawn. The man, 29, was in a home in the 6600 block of South Evans Avenue when he was shot in the neck and arm about 11:15 p.m., police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • One man was killed and another critically wounded early Sunday in the Loop. They were arguing with another man around 12:05 a.m. outside a bar, 2Twenty2 Tavern, in the 200 block of South Wabash Avenue when the shooter fired four rounds, police said. One man, 40, was shot in his back and shoulder and pronounced dead. The other man, 37, was shot in his chest.
  • Two people were shot, one fatally, Monday night in McKinley Park. They were in a vehicle around 7:40 p.m. in the 3700 block of South Paulina Street when someone fired shots, police said. One man, 31, was shot in the body and died at Stroger Hospital. Another man was also shot in his body and treated at a hospital.
  • The youngest shooting victim was a 13-year-old boy attacked early Sunday in the Lawndale neighborhood as he walked on the sidewalk about 1:30 a.m. in the 700 block of South Kostner Avenue, police said. He was hit in the knee and was taken to West Suburban Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition.

At least 41 other people were wounded in shootings in Chicago between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Tuesday.

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