Memorial Day Weekend, 2022.
The long holiday weekend and unofficial start to summer in Chicago is finally here and has officially begun. Thank you to all the veterans who've served our nation.
We're hopeful for another quiet weekend and, as we begin at mid-day Friday, the current weather is hovering in the mid-50's. But the temperatures are expected to rise steadily and reach the mid-80's by Sunday continuing through Monday and, as all Chicagoans and regular readers know: Sun's out? Guns out.
Again, we're hopeful but...well...let's just stay hopeful for now...
As we noted the last few weeks, we're now including additional context, videos, pictures, and comments. We encourage you to send what you see out there to our social media so we can easily find them as we piece together the weekend wrap-up.
Also something to remember from last week, we're no longer including any variation of the phrase "there is no offender in custody," nor are we including the phrase, "area detectives are investigating," or similar phrases. The only time we'll mention custody status is when an offender has been taken into custody. Most of what we include in the weekend wraps are initial incident reports and developing information, which means you should assume, unless otherwise indicated, there are no offenders in custody in most cases.
Follow along on this post as we attempt to piece together what's happening on the streets.
Without further ado, enjoy the weekend.
Friday, May 27, 2022 @ Noon
0 killed, 0 wounded
This weekend's violence began around 1:15 p.m. on the 7300 block of S. Halsted in the Englewood neighborhood on the city's south side.
Police said a 39-year-old was inside a cell phone store when an unknown offender entered, fired shots at the man, and fled. The victim was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital where he was reportedly in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the body (the butt). And so begins Memorial Day weekend, 2022.
After a two and a half hour break, around 3:45 p.m. on the 5600 block of W. Madison Street, a 20-year-old man was shot in the chest. But was he a victim or an offender?
Police said that 20-year-old had walked into a store and began firing shots but another unknown male shot back. The 20-year-old was able to get himself to West Suburban Hospital but West Suburban transferred him to Mt. Sinai Hospital with a Level 1 Trauma Center. He was reportedly in serious condition at Mt. Sinai.
Less than a half hour later back in Englewood, on the 6600 block of S. Halsted Street, a 43-year-old man was near a gas station when he was caught in the crossfire of a shootout at the gas station. The 43-year-old victim was struck to the leg and taken to St. Bernard Hospital where he was reported to be in good condition with a gunshot wound to the right leg. One person of interest in the shooting has been taken to Area Two and is being questioned by detectives.
Around 10:15 p.m. in the 900 block of N. Lockwood in the Austin neighborhood on the city's west side, a 34-year-old man was in his car talking to a 31-year-old woman standing near his driver's window.
Police said "several unidentified offenders" approached the pair and opened fire.
The man in the car was shot twice in the neck and is in critical condition at Stroger Hospital while the woman was shot in her elbow. She was taken to Mt. Sinai where she was listed in good condition. But there was a third victim in the shooting, police added.
A 32-year-old man was driving down the street at the time and he also was injured by the gunfire. That man was taken to Rush Hospital where he is listed in good condition with a gunshot wound to the lower back.
Not 5 minutes later, on the 7900 block of S. Drexel in the Chatham neighborhood on the city's south side, a 42-year-old male was also driving his car when he came upon what was described as a "blockage" in the road caused by several cars and a group of people.
The 42-year-old allegedly tried to pass through when he heard several shots fired. He hit the gas and fled the scene and felt pain in his shoulder. He drove to the University of Chicago Hospital where he is listed in fair condition with a gunshot wound to his shoulder.
There was a long break in the action until 3:30 a.m. in the early Saturday morning hours.
Police said a 56-year-old man was standing outside on a porch on the 500 block of N. Lavergne back in the Austin neighborhood when he was shot at in a drive by someone in a white SUV. The man was shot twice, once in the back and once in the hip, and he was taken to Stroger Hospital where he is listed in fair condition.
Saturday, May 28, 2022 @ Noon
0 killed, 8 wounded
The first homicide of the weekend came around 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the Marquette Park section of the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. Unfortunately, there's not yet a lot of information to go on.
All police have so far said and all we can gather from word on the scene is that a man, of unknown age, was shot on the above block. According to people on the scene, a small crowd gathered and additional officers were called to help contain the group but, beyond that, the circumstances of the shooting remain unclear. The victim was originally taken to Christ Hospital in critical condition but he was later pronounced dead. He was shot twice in the head.
Back in Englewood, around 2:50 p.m. on the 6700 block of S. Damen, a 26-year-old wahs shot in the buttocks. The victim told Police he driving when he heard shots and felt pain.
He was taken to University of Chicago Hospital where he is stable.
The second and third homicide of the weekend happened a little after 5:00 p.m.
Police said on the 5500 block of S. Bishop in the Englewood neighborhood near Sherman Park, two men were near the sidewalk when they boh pulled out handguns and fired shots, both striking each other.
Both the 29-year-old and the 38-year-old were taken to University of Chicago Hospital where each were pronounced dead.
Another break took us into the night until around 11:45 p.m. on the 2900 block of W. 31st Street in the Little Village neighborhood where another two people were shot.
A 25-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were riding in a car when they were shot. The man was shot in the left leg and the right arm and taken to Mt. Sinai where he is listed in fair condition. The woman suffered a graze wound but refused emergency services.
At about 12:45 a.m. on the 2100 block of W. Coulter in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood on the city's lower west side, a 31-year-old man was driving when shots were fired at his car. He merely suffered a graze wound to the left hand and refused emergency services.
The fourth homicide of the weekend happened just after 1:00 a.m. on the 5700 block of S. Carpenter, once again in the Englewood neighborhood.
Police said a man was standing on the sidewalk when another unknown man fired shots. The victim was shot in the head and the body and was pronounced dead at the scene.
At almost the same time at the Hotel Allegro on the 100 block of W. Randolph in the Loop, two men were reportedly involved in a fight on the fifth floor hallway of the hotel. One of the men was stabbed multiple times and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition. The man who stabbed the other man was taken into custody.
The Hotel Allegro is located in downtown's Theatre District:
Update: *According to CWBChicago, the man who was stabbed is a hotel employee.
A man was stabbed and seriously wounded inside a Loop hotel this morning. An officer at the scene said the victim is a hotel employee.https://t.co/0tMeKH3kk2— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) May 29, 2022
Approximately 15 minutes later, on the 7000 block of S. Indiana in the Park manor neighborhood, which is part of the Grand Crossing community area, two middle-aged men were standing on the street with a group of people when a male offender fired shots. The Chicago Fire Department took the 42-year-old male victim to University of Chicago Hospital where he was listed in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his left leg. A 38-year-old male was also taken to University of Chicago Hospital where he was listed in fair condition with a gunshot wound to the left leg.
Less than 15 minutes after that, on the 800 block of S. Karlov in the Lawndale neighborhood, a group of people were hanging out on the sidewalk when a fight broke out. Shots were fired and five people were hit. The victims in this incident are as follows:
- A 21-year-old male in serious condition at Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left side of his body.
- A 21-year-old female in serious condition at Mt. Sinai with a gunshot wound to the left arm.
- A 21-year-old male in serious condition at Mt. Sinai with a gunshot wound to the left arm.
- A 16-year-old female in serious condition at Mt. Sinai with a gunshot wound to the back.
- A 33-year-old male in serious condition at Mt. Sinai with a gunshot wound to the face.
Later in the early morning hours, around 3:15 a.m, an 18-year-old male reportedly walked into Mt. Sinai with a gunshot wound to the left foot. According to CWBChicago, he told police that a half hour earlier someone shot him in a room in the Hilton Hotel at 700 S. Michigan Avenue but police said the victim was not able to give any further details on the incident and there were no reports of gunfire at the Hilton.
Shortly before 5:00 a.m., on the 6300 block of S. Calumet in the Grand Crossing area, a 'John Doe' of unknown age was discovered outside unresponsive on the above block. The victim had reportedly been shot in his back and hip. He's in critical condition at University of Chicago Hospital. Circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation.
Officers responded to a call of shots fired around 6:40 a.m. near the Dollar store on the 4200 block of W. Madison in the Garfield Park neighborhood.
When they got to the scene, officers discovered a red sedan crashed into a road median. The 33-year-old male driver of that car had multiple gunshot wounds to the left side of his body.
Police believe the man was shot by someone in another car further west on W. Madison but the victim kept driving before crashing into the median and succumbing to his injuries.
The victim was taken to Mt. Sinai where he was pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported.
Sunday, May 29, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m.
5 killed, 21 wounded
Most of Sunday was quiet until, around 5:53 p.m. on the 5000 block of S. Drexel in Kenwood on the city's south side, a 28-year-old male was struck by gunfire while sitting in his car. Despite reportedly being hit multiple times to the body, the victim was taken to University of Chicago Hospital in fair condition.
Update: *The man was shot 7 times and is, in fact, in fair condtion(!).
A couple hours later, just after 8:00 p.m. on the 4400 block of W. Gladys in the Garfield Park neighborhood, a 27-year-old male was near the street when he was shot in the foot. The victim was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital initially reported in good condition.
Only 45 minutes later, a 30-year-old female victim was on the 400 block of E. 87th in Chatham when she was shot at by an unidentified female offender who fled the scene on foot. The victim was taken to University of Chicago Hospital in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the arm.
Not a half hour later, on the 2200 block of S. Christiana in the Little Village neighborhood, a 21-year-old male told Police he was riding his bike when he heard several shots fired and felt pain.
An unknown person who was driving by in their car saw the victim on the side of the road in distress and took him to Mt. Sinai where he was listed in good condition with a gunshot wound to the knee.
About 45 minutes later, around 10:00 p.m. on the 500 block of W. Erie on the Near North Side, a 20-year-old female was sitting in a parked car with a man when they were approached by three to four unidentified male offenders. One of the offenders allegedly reached into the vehicle and punched the man victim in the face.
As the offenders began to leave the scene, one of the male offenders pulled out a pistol and fired multiple rounds at the car. The 20-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to the back. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she is listed in serious condition. The male victim was not struck and refused emergency services.
Not 15 minutes later, a 43-year-old man walked in to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to his wrist. Authorities did not know where or when it happened and the man was uncooperative with investigators, but they believe he was shot on the Near West Side.
The third major shooting incident of the weekend occurred on the 4400 block of W. Walton in the Humboldt Park neighborhood around 10:20 p.m. Police said they were responding to a call of a person shot and found four victims.
- A 69-year-old male was shot in the torso and arm. He was pronounced dead at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
- A 45-year-old male victim was shot multiple times in the torso and once in the foot. He is in serious condition at Stroger Hospital.
- A 27-year-old male was shot once in the butt. He was take to West Suburban where he is listed in good condition.
- A 25-year-old male was shot in the leg and is in serious condition at Mt. Sinai.
The offender reportedly was spotted running into a nearby building with his firearm and barricaded himself inside for approximately 90 minutes. SWAT was called to the scene and the 23-year-old male offender was placed in custody without further incident. The offender himself was taken to Illinois Masonic where he was in good condition with a gunshot wound to his foot.
Police said the above shooting appears to be domestic related.
Not 10 minutes later, around 10:30 p.m. on the 1800 block of N. Kimball in Logan Square, a 37-year-old male was reportedly in a verbal argument with another 39-year-old male who pulled out a pistol and shot the victim in the eye.
The 37-year-old male victim was taken to Stroger Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Police were reportedly able to take the 39-year-old male offender into custody, and the firearm he used was recovered on scene.
There was a short break until midnight.
Around 12:01 a.m. on the 5000 block of Martin Luther King Dr. in the Grand Crossing area, a 32-year-old male told Police he was outside on the above block when he was approached by an unidentified male offender armed with a pistol. The unknown man demanded the victim’s bag but the victim refused to comply.
The male offender shot the victim once in the thigh and fled the scene on foot. The victim was taken to University of Chicago Hospital where he is listed in fair condition, presumably still with his bag.
At the exact time that was happening, over on the 5100 block of S. Prairie in the Washington Park area, a 40-year-old female was driving her car when she was shot at by an unidentified offender in another vehicle. The woman was shot twice in the head and taken to University of Chicago Hospital where she is in critical condition.
At about 2:14 a.m. on the 300 block of W. Chicago Avenue on the Near North Side, a 39-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were standing in an alley when they were allegedly shot at by two unidentified male offenders who fled the scene on foot.
The male victim was struck twice in the abdomen and was taken to Northwestern Memorial where he is listed in fair condition. The female victim was shot once in the left leg and she was also taken to Northwestern Memorial in fair condition.
Monday, May 30, 2022 @ Noon
6 killed, 37 wounded
Another homicide came in the mid-afternoon on Memorial Day.
Once again in the Englewood neighborhood, around 2:45 p.m. on the 6900 block of S. Green, a 31-yera-old man was inside a residence when he was shot when he was shot and killed. The victim was shot in the face and abdomen and was pronounced dead on scene.
And another one not long after.
Shortly after 5:00 p.m. on 8600 block of S. Aberdeen in Auburn Gresham, a 27-year-old male ma was shot multiple times to the body by an unknown offender. The victim was originally taken in critical condition to Christ Hospital but he was later pronounced dead.
Another teenager is up next.
Around 5:52 p.m. on the 7400 block of S. Merrill in the South Shore neighborhood, a 17-year-old male was inside a residence when he was approached by a known offender who pulled out a pistol and fired shots. The teenager was shot in the neck and butt and was taken to University of Chicago Hospital where he was initially reported in critical condition. A person of interest in this case was taken in for questioning.
Meanwhile, at North Avenue Beach:
Monday would prove to be a deadly night as another homicide and multiple victim shooting would occur around 7:53 p.m. on the 1300 block of E. 93rd Street in the Burnside area. Police said three men were outside talking near the sidewalk when someone opened fire on them.
A 25-year-old was struck multiple times to the chest. He was taken to Trinity Hospital where he was initially reported to be in critical condition but he eventually succumbed to his injuries and died from his wounds. A 26-year-old was also struck to the chest. He was also taken to Trinity Hospital where he was initially reported in critical condition. And last, a 27-year-old was struck to the body but Police said he was able to take himself to University of Chicago Hospital in an unknown condition.
But the night was not done.
We're always hesitant to put selfies on this list because it really shouldn't count towards the final totals but we'll include this one because, about 8:15 p.m. on the 200 block of W. 63rd, a 27-year-old male victim accidentally shot himself in the thigh while "at the gas station" and the gun just "went off." The man was taken to Stroger Hospital where he is listed in fair condition.
Not two minutes later on the 8700 block of S. Sangamon again in Auburn Gresham, Police reportedly responded to shots fired and were told by a witness on scene that the male offender was running down the street, attempting to flee the scene. Police followed and eventually spotted the offender fleeing from the scene. Police engaged in a foot pursuit (gasp) and were able to place the 27-year-old male offender in custody and recover the firearm the offender used in the shooting. Charges are pending against him.
The victim is 61-years-old and he was shot in the arm and sustained a graze wound to the mouth. The 61-year-old victim was taken to University of Chicago Hospital in fair condition.
Just before 10:00 p.m. on the 200 block of N. Breakwater Access (which is near the Lake near Navy Pier), Police reported that a 19-year-old female was riding her bicycle when an unidentified male offender shouted something out to her. The male offender then pulled out a pisto and shot at the 19-year-old girl before fleeing the scene on foot.
The young woman was shot once in the thigh and was taken to Northwestern Memorial where she is listed in fair condition.
A 41-year-old male showed up at Stroger Hospital shortly after 11:00 p.m. saying he was shot by an unknown person on the 4300 block of W. Adams, The man had allegedly self-transported to the Hospital after he was shot twice in the leg and once in the pelvis area. The victim stated he was shot at by an unidentified offender who fled the scene on foot. The victim is listed in serious condition.
After 1:00 a.m. in the 6300 block of S. Wolcott, again, back in Englewood, a 27-year-old male and an 18-year-old female were inside a residence when they were shot at from the alley by an unidentified offender who fled the scene on foot.
The 27-year-old victim was shot once in the shoulder while the 18-year-old female was shot in the hip. Both victims were taken to University of Chicago Hospital where they are listed in serious condition.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 @ 6:00 a.m.
9 killed, 47 wounded
As our regular readers know, while we have no affiliation, all crime stats used by the Chicago Journal can be found at HeyJackass.com.
Throwing out 2020 when the "mostly peaceful" riots put up an absurd number on a non-long weekend that may never be broken, historical averages for Memorial Day Weekend are 8 killed, 40 wounded. Here's how this weekend ended historically:
2021 Memorial Day tally: 4 killed, 38 wounded
2020 non-Memorial Day tally: 30 killed, 64 wounded
2019 Memorial Day tally: 8 killed, 35 wounded
2018 Memorial Day tally: 8 killed, 31 wounded
2017 Memorial Day tally: 7 killed, 44 wounded
2016 Memorial Day tally: 10 killed, 67 wounded
2015 Memorial Day tally: 12 killed, 45 wounded
2014 Memorial Day tally: 8 killed, 22 wounded
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