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Weekend violence: Six children wounded over nine hours as Chicago continues to see more young victims of shootings

At least 91 children 15 years of age and younger have been wounded so far this year, 11 of them fatally, according to Sun-Times records.

Chicago police work the scene where two people were shot in the 7600 block of South Saint Lawrence Avenue, in the Chatham neighborhood, Saturday, July 17, 2021.
Chicago police work the scene where two people were shot in the 7600 block of South Saint Lawrence Avenue, in the Chatham neighborhood, Saturday, July 17, 2021.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

A late party outside a home. An afternoon drive. A stop at a gas station.

They were all scenes of shootings that wounded six children over nine hours this past weekend as Chicago continues to see more young victims of gun violence than last year.

At least 91 children 15 years of age and younger have been wounded so far this year, 11 of them fatally, according to Sun-Times records. That’s seven more than the same time last year when 84 children had been shot, 12 of them fatally.

The children wounded over the weekend were in neighborhoods that experienced the most shootings between Friday evening and late Sunday: Gresham on the South Side and Austin on the West Side.

The police districts that cover those neighborhoods accounted for at least 25 of the 60 people shot overall. Many of the 10 homicides also occurred there.

The pace of gun violence in the city continues to be higher than last year’s record level.

Chicago recorded at least 2,254 shootings through July 17, according to the city’s most recent data, up 10.3 percent from the same time last year, and 60 percent compared to 2019.

Police Supt. David Brown was pressed about the increasing violence against children during a Monday news conference on a new team of about 50 officers that will target gun traffickers.

He responded by saying people should use a tip line being set up for the team.

“Our children are worth giving these people up,” he said. “Give these people up. Turn them in, whether for a payout ... or give them up out of the goodness of your heart.”

Among the weekend attacks:

12-year-old, 4 teenagers hurt in Austin mass shooting

Six people were shot outside a party late Saturday in Austin on the West Side, including a 12-year-old girl and four teenagers. Five of the victims, ranging in age from 12 to 19 years old, were hospitalized in fair condition, according to police

About 11:40 p.m., they were standing with a group on the sidewalk in the 5000 block of West Ohio Street when someone in a dark-colored SUV fired shots, police said.

The 12-year-old girl was struck in the hand and driven by family members to West Suburban Medical Center, police said.

A 13-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl both suffered gunshot wounds to the buttocks and were taken to Stroger Hospital, police said.

A 15-year-old girl suffered a graze wound to the head and a gunshot wound to the buttocks, according to police. She was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital. A 19-year-old woman was struck in the back and transported to Stroger Hospital.

A sixth victim, a 25-year-old man, was struck in the buttocks and went to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was treated and released.

Boys 8 and 14 hurt in Gresham shootings

Early Sunday, an 8-year-old boy and a 28-year-old man were wounded in a shooting in Gresham on the South Side.

Just after 1 a.m., the pair were traveling in a car in the 2000 block of West 83rd Street when someone in a black SUV fired shots, police said.

The boy suffered a gunshot wound to the left leg and was transported to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was listed in good condition, police said. The man was struck in the back and treated and released on scene, according to police.

In another shooting in Gresham, a 14-year-old boy was wounded Saturday. The teen was in a car in the parking lot of a gas station in the 1200 block of 87th Street when someone opened fire about 3:40 p.m., police said.

He was shot in the leg and was transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital, where he was in fair condition, police said.

West Town fatal attack

A man was fatally shot early Monday in the West Town neighborhood.

Just after 1 a.m., the 38-year-old was standing on the sidewalk in the 100 block of North Morgan Street when someone in a silver sedan fired shots, Chicago police said. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

2 killed in Austin shootings

A man was shot and killed Sunday night in Austin on the West Side.

The 31-year-old was standing on the sidewalk in the 900 block of North Lawler Avenue when someone approached and fired, police said. He suffered gunshot wounds to the head and body and was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. He has not yet been identified.

Another man was fatally wounded Sunday night.

About 7:30 p.m., the 30-year-old was in the 5500 block of West Rice Street when someone approached and fired, police said. He was struck in the shoulder and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Greater Grand Crossing fatal attack

A 49-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday night in Greater Grand Crossing on the South Side.

He was speaking to someone in a parked car about 10:25 p.m. when someone inside fired shots in the 7700 block of South Normal Avenue, police said.

He was struck multiple times in the body and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t identified him.

Gresham homicide

A person was shot to death Sunday afternoon in Gresham on the South Side.

The victim was near the street about 4 p.m. in the 1700 block of West 79th Street when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was struck in the stomach and he was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Man killed in Back of the Yards

A man was shot to death early Sunday morning in Back of the Yards on the South Side.

The 30-year-old was walking on the sidewalk in the 5100 block of South Marshfield Avenue about 12:40 a.m. when someone in a gray sedan fired shots, Chicago police said. He suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said. He has not yet been identified.

2 shot, 1 fatally, in Chatham

One person was killed and another wounded in a shooting Saturday night in Chatham on the South Side.

The pair was standing outside about 11:25 p.m. in the 7600 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue when someone in a black SUV fired shots, police said.

A male suffered gunshot wounds to the body and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said. A 27-year-old woman was struck in the right knee and taken to the same hospital in fair condition, police said.

Man fatally shot in East Garfield Park

A man was fatally shot early Saturday during an argument in East Garfield Park.

About 1:45 a.m., the 31-year-old was shot in the head by a man during an argument outside in the 2800 block of West Van Buren Street, police said. He was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The shooter was on the scene when officers arrived and was taken to Area Four headquarters for further investigation, police said.

1 killed, 3 wounded in Austin shooting

One man was killed and three others wounded in a shooting late Friday night in Austin on the West Side.

About 11:55 p.m., the four men were standing outside in the 700 block of North Lockwood Avenue when three people approached them and fired shots, police said. A 29-year-old man was struck in the head and back and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He has not yet been identified.

A man, 40, suffered gunshot wounds to the hip and leg and another man, 45, was also struck in the leg, police said. Both men were transported to Stroger Hospital in serious condition. A fourth man, 62, suffered a graze wound to the back and was taken to the same hospital in good condition.

West Pullman fatal drive-by

A man was shot to death Friday evening in a drive-by in West Pullman on the Far South Side.

The 26-year-old was on the street about 6:50 p.m. in the 12000 block of South Union Avenue when a vehicle pulled up and someone from inside fired shots, police said. He was struck multiple times on the body and he was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified him as Antwan Davis.

At least 39 other people were wounded in shootings between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.

Last weekend, 13 people were killed and 33 others wounded in shootings citywide.

Contributing: Stefano Esposito