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Independence Day 2022 Weekend Violence Wrap-Up

This year, the holiday falls on a Monday which means a loooooooong holiday weekend ahead.

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Independence Day 2022 Weekend Violence Wrap-Up

Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls, welcome to the Chicago Journal's weekend violence wrap-up for Independence Day Weekend 2022.

This year, the holiday falls on a Monday which means a loooooooong holiday weekend ahead. As regular followers of Chicago violence are aware that's...not good.

Historically, the Independence Day weekend is one of the most violent weekends our fair city sees all year. After all, nothing says "Happy Birthday, America," like young people killing each other over something unconscionably stupid and destroying not only their own lives but the lives of their loved ones and those around them for no reason at all.

Still, there is hope. There's always hope. Oh say can you see...and all that.

It's not expected to be extraordinarily hot, which usually exacerbates all situations. And there are some scattered thunderstorms in the forecast which, again, can often cool off certain situations since no one wants to get wet while murdering.

As always, we follow HeyJackass.com's defined weekend schedule, so our statistical count will run from Friday, July 1 at noon through Tuesday, July 5 at 6:00 a.m.

As a reminder, we're no longer going to highlight every shooting incident as our analytics show that, while our readers like the Weekend Wrap-Up, they don't care to actually read the entire thing. That's okay, social media has destroyed support for publishing anyway and, like Tim Evans, we won't judge you. But we'll include the major incidents and we encourage you to follow along.

Without further ado, enjoy the weekend and God bless America.

Friday, July 1, 2022 @ Noon

0 killed, 0 wounded

The holiday weekend's first homicide was a 17-year-old girl. Tough start.

At approximately 3:04 p.m. on Friday, in the 2500 block of S. Kolin in the Little Village area on the city's southwest side, police said a 17-year-old girl was near a parking lot of a commercial business. She was approached by an unknown man on a bicycle who produced a handgun and fired shots.

The teenage girl was struck to the torso area. She was able to self-transport to St. Anthony Hospital where she was pronounced dead. A person of interest was taken to the area for questioning.

The second homicide of the weekend happened about 2 hours later.

About 5:00 p.m. in the 4300 block of W. Van Buren Street in the Garfield Park neighborhood, a 29-year-old male was reportedly approached by an unknown male offender who pulled out a pistol and fired shots.

The victim was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was initially reported in critical condition after he was struck in the abdomen and the back. The victim was eventually pronounced shortly after.

The third homicide of the weekend happened a around 45 minutes later.

Around 5:43 p.m. in the 6500 block of S. Wolcott in the West Englewood neighborhood, a 26-year-old male was reportedly near the sidewalk when he was approached by an unknown person who produced a handgun and fired shots.

The 26-year-old victim was shot in the arm and the head. He was taken to University of Chicago Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Around 10:52 p.m. on the 2200 block of S. Wentworth in the Armour Square area, which is on the border of Chinatown and the South Loop, police reportedly responded to shots fired and found 3 people shot.

A 24-year-old woman was taken to Stroger Hospital but she was pronounced dead with a gunshot wound to the torso. A second female victim, age 42, was taken to University of Chicago in good condition with a gunshot wound to the hand.

Police said they also had a 38-year-old male who had been shot in the butt. They noted that 38-year-old man as one of the offenders in the shooting and that he and another man were shooting at each other when the other two women were struck. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial where he is listed in critical condition.

Shortly after midnight, police said a 30-year-old male was shot in the head on the 9000 block of S. Escanaba in the South Chicago community area on the city's southeast side.

The 30-year-old victim was also taken to University of Chicago where he was pronounced dead.

A 90-year-old man was reportedly found shot Saturday morning in the Lawndale neighborhood, authorities said. Details about the incident are slim but police said that around 10:00 a.m. the victim was found in the 1500 block of S. Harding Avenue with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

The elderly victim was taken to Mt. Sinai hospital where he is listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon.

Police are reportedly speaking to a person of interest but they were quick to note that the circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation.

Saturday, July 2, 2022 @ Noon

4 killed, 16 wounded


Saturday, July 2, 2022 @ noon

There was a long break in the murdering but a lot of action otherwise.

Then, around 3:00 a.m. early Sunday morning, a 35-year-old male was reportedly riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the 3500 block of S. Kedzie in the Lawndale neighborhood when he was struck in the neck by gun fire. The female driver of the vehicle relocated the victim and herself to the 5600 block of S. Spaulding where she called 911. The man was dead at the scene.

In the early morning, around 5:30 a.m. in the 7000 block of S. Harper in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, a group of people were in the backyard of a home when an unknown person approached and fired shots into the crowd.

A 24-year-old male was shot multiple times to the body and pronounced dead on the scene. A 24-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman were able to get themselves to the University of Chicago Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. The 24-year-old female was stabilized and the 30-year-old is in good condition.

Around 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, in the 700 block of N. Springfield in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, a 38-year-old man was reportedly sitting outside a residential building when an unknown male in a dark colored sedan exited the vehicle and fired gunshots in the victim's direction.

The 38-year-old was shot in the chest and head. He wa taken to Stroger Hospital but he was pronounced dead.

Sunday, July 3, 2022 @ Noon

9 killed, 31 wounded


Sunday, July 3, 2022 @ noon

At approximately 12:48 p.m., in the 6500 block of S. Kedzie in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, a 25-35 years old male victim was walking down Kedzie when a dark colored vehicle drove by and fired shots. The victim was shot multiple times to the head, upper torso, and body and was taken to Christ Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A long break lasted until 9:50 p.m. on Independence Day.

A 33-year-old male was driving his vehicle in the 2500 block of W. Potomac in West Town when he was struck by gun fire. The victim lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree.

The victim was taken to Stoger Hospital where he was initially reported in serious condition, but he was later pronounced dead.

The last homicide of the weekend occurred around 2:50 a.m. on Tuesday morning in the 6600 block of S. Evans in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

There was a large party at a residence on the above block and an unknown offender in the residence began firing shots, striking three victims.

The first victim was a 31-year-old male who was shot six times to the body. He was taken to University of Chicago in critical condition but later died from his injuries. The second victim is a 25-year-old male whoe was shot in the left thigh and the butt. Police noted this victim was very uncooperative but was in good condition at University of Chicago. The third victim in this shooting is a 31-year-old woman who was shot in the right thigh. She, too, is in good condition at University of Chicago hospital.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 @ 6:00 a.m.

12 killed, 68 wounded


Tuesday, July 5, 2022 @ 6:00 a.m.


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