During only one two-and-a-half hour-hour period, 25 people were shot in five multi-injury shootings. One paramedic described Saturday evening into Sunday morning as “a war zone.” “We know that some of these incidents were targeted and are related to gang conflicts in those areas,” said Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller at a press conference Sunday. Several had multiple gunshot wounds.
The shooting with the most victims left eight people wounded in a South Side neighborhood after a group of men walked up to the eight people standing in a courtyard and opened fire. Four of the victims were teenage girls. They’re all expected to survive. Stroger’s trauma unit received an unusually high volume of patients,” said Caitlin Polochak, the hospital’s communications manager. “We have such a genocide in our community, it’s driving me absolutely bonkers,” said Pastor Reshorna Fitzpatrick of Stone Temple Baptist Church. This comes just days after Superintendent Eddie Johnson talked about decreasing crime numbers and overall violence in Chicago speaking at TV. “I think some of our more challenging, communities, it’s just imperative that police and the community work together to reduce this gun violence,”he said. There have been about 339 homicides in the city so far in 2018, with 285 people killed by gun violence.