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Labor Day weekend violence in Chicago: 4-year-old boy killed, seven other children wounded, total of 67 shot

Eight children 17 years old and younger were shot over the long holiday.

Chicago Fire Department paramedics treat a man who was shot in the leg early Monday outside a home in the 9900 block of South La Salle Street in Fernwood on the South Side.
Chicago Fire Department paramedics treat a man who was shot in the leg early Monday outside a home in the 9900 block of South La Salle Street in Fernwood on the South Side.
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Six people were killed and at least 61 others were wounded in Chicago, including eight children 17 and younger, over the Labor Day weekend.

The youngest murder victim was a 4-year-old boy who was shot while getting a haircut in a home in Woodlawn Friday night.

Mychal Moultry Jr., who was visiting from Alabama, was struck twice in the head about 9 p.m. when bullets smashed through the window of a home in the 6500 block of South Ellis Avenue, Chicago police said.

The boy’s father held him until paramedics arrived, community activist Andrew Holmes said. Mychal died Sunday. He was the second 4-year-old shot in Chicago in a week, and the second 4-year-old killed in the city this year.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown pleaded with the community Monday to help detectives after Mychal and seven other children were shot over the weekend.

“We need people in the community to come forward. This is beyond trusting police. This is about the safety of our babies,” Brown told reporters.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the weekend violence was driven by people who “have absolutely no regard for the sanctity of human life.” Echoing Brown, Lightfoot once again urged residents of neighborhoods that are “under siege” to cooperate with the police to “stem the tide on this violence.”

“The people in the neighborhoods who are doing the shooting, they are known to people in the neighborhoods,” Lightfoot said in an unrelated news conference. “I understand the fear that’s out there but I’m just calling upon people in these neighborhoods — particularly when we think about the number of children who have been shot — you’ve got to have your faith overcome your fear. You’ve got to step up.”

Lightfoot said her office will announce initiatives focused on gun violence “in the coming days” but did not disclose any details.

Chicago police investigate Saturday afternoon after a 12-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl were among three people shot outside a Citgo gas station at North Sacramento Boulevard and West Fulton Street in East Garfield Park. A back to school picnic was happening at the Citgo when the shooting occurred.
Chicago police investigate Saturday afternoon after a 12-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl were among three people shot outside a Citgo gas station at North Sacramento Boulevard and West Fulton Street in East Garfield Park. A back to school picnic was happening at the Citgo when the shooting occurred.
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Seven other children struck by gunfire

Outside Comer Children’s Hospital Friday night, advocates try to console the father of a 4-year-old boy who was shot in Woodlawn.
Outside Comer Children’s Hospital Friday night, advocates try to console the father of a 4-year-old boy who was shot in Woodlawn.
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Other murder victims

  • A 25-year-old man was killed Monday afternoon in a shooting in Brainerd. He was shot in the head in the 9200 block of South Eggleston Avenue and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died.
  • A 50-year-old man was killed Monday morning while driving in West Garfield Park. He crashed his car after being shot several times in the 4200 block of West Washington Boulevard, police said.
  • In South Shore, a person was shot in the head while inside a car in the 7800 block of South Clyde Avenue, police said.
  • Hours earlier, Enrique Negrete, 23, was stopped at a traffic light in the 3700 block of South Kedzie Avenue when he was shot in the head following a brief conversation with the alleged shooter, who was traveling in another car, police said. Negrete died in the 5500 block of South Albany Avenue in Brighton Park, about two miles south of the shooting scene.
  • Another man was killed late Saturday in Lawndale. Officers found the 41-year-old lying between two parked cars in the 1600 block of South Central Park Avenue, police said. He was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital with two gunshot wounds to the chest and was pronounced dead.

Aside from Negrete, none of the adult homicide victims has been identified.

Other shootings

  • A 34-year-old CTA bus driver was shot Saturday night on Washington Avenue near State Street, police said. Dennis Green, 38, was arrested and charged in the shooting.
  • Five people were wounded in Lawndale early Saturday when someone opened fire from a car at a gathering in the 1400 block of South Tripp Avenue, police said.

At least 48 others were wounded in weekend shootings between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.

Tuesday afternoon, police said a woman was shot in her toe Monday night in a domestic incident but didn’t seek medical attention until the next day.

Last weekend, at least six people were killed and 50 others wounded in citywide gun violence.

Contributing: Rachel Hinton and Tom Schuba

Crime scene tape blocks off a portion of the Lakefront Trail near the 800 block of North Lake Shore Drive, where a man was shot Monday evening in the Gold Coast.
Crime scene tape blocks off a portion of the Lakefront Trail near the 800 block of North Lake Shore Drive, where a man was shot Monday evening in the Gold Coast.
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A man was shot in the leg early Monday outside a home in the 9900 block of South La Salle Street in Fernwood on the South Side.
A man was shot in the leg early Monday outside a home in the 9900 block of South La Salle Street in Fernwood on the South Side.
Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
A man reacts at the scene after a 22-year-old man was shot in the face early Monday in a backyard in the 9500 block of South Yale Avenue in Longwood Manor on the South Side.
A man reacts at the scene after a 22-year-old man was shot in the face early Monday in a backyard in the 9500 block of South Yale Avenue in Longwood Manor on the South Side.
Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
At least 15 shell casings were recovered in the 2500 block of South Trumbull early Sunday after a 14-year-old boy was shot in Little Village on the Southwest Side.
At least 15 shell casings were recovered in the 2500 block of South Trumbull early Sunday after a 14-year-old boy was shot in Little Village on the Southwest Side.
Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
Passersby watch as Chicago police investigate after a CTA bus driver was shot Saturday night in the first block of East Washington Avenue in the Loop.
Passersby watch as Chicago police investigate after a CTA bus driver was shot Saturday night in the first block of East Washington Avenue in the Loop.
Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
Chicago police work the scene where a 13-year-old boy was shot in the head Saturday evening inside a home in the 8500 block of South Marquette Avenue in South Chicago.
Chicago police work the scene where a 13-year-old boy was shot in the head Saturday evening inside a home in the 8500 block of South Marquette Avenue in South Chicago.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Five people were wounded in a mass shooting early Saturday in the 1400 block of South Tripp Avenue in Lawndale on the Southwest Side.
Five people were wounded in a mass shooting early Saturday in the 1400 block of South Tripp Avenue in Lawndale on the Southwest Side.
Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
Chicago police investigate after a 4-year-old boy was shot in the head when bullets tore through the window of a home in the 6500 block of South Ellis Avenue late Friday in Woodlawn on the South Side.
Chicago police investigate after a 4-year-old boy was shot in the head when bullets tore through the window of a home in the 6500 block of South Ellis Avenue late Friday in Woodlawn on the South Side.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Chicago police personnel chat outside Comer Children’s Hospital on the South Side after a 4-year-old boy was shot in the head Friday night in the 6500 block of South Ellis Avenue in Woodlawn.
Chicago police personnel chat outside Comer Children’s Hospital on the South Side after a 4-year-old boy was shot in the head Friday night in the 6500 block of South Ellis Avenue in Woodlawn.
Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times