Violent Night: 2 Dead, 31 Wounded In City Shootings

Nancy Harty
August 05, 2018 - 10:33 am

Violence riddled the city overnight, leaving two people dead and 31 others injured in a three-hour span beginning at midnight alone.

Five mass shootings -- where three or more people were shot -- accounted for 25 of the shooting victims during this time, the Sun-Times reported. That includes a Gresham shooting where eight people were wounded. Four of them were teenage girls.

Among the other shootings, according to the Chicago Police Department:

  • The eight people shot in Gresham were standing in a courtyard at about 12:40 a.m. in the 1300 block of West 76th Street when several males approached them and opened fire.
  • A 17-year-old girl was killed after being shot in the face near 13th and Millard in Lawndale at around 2:34 a.m. Five people also were injured in that shooting. Police said two males walked up to a group on the sidewalk and started firing.
  • A shootout in the West Garfield Park neighborhood just before 1 a.m. injured four people, including one caught in crossfire, after a black Cadillac approached a group of people in the 900 block of South Karlov Avenue and two people within the vehicle opened fire.
  • A shooting near 76th and Throop at around 12:39 a.m. left eight people injured, including a 14-year-old boy. Police said several males approached the victims, who were standing in a courtyard, and began shooting.
  • A single shooting at a block party early Sunday left three teens and one adult wounded in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side

All of these shootings lead to some confusion about whether Stroger Hospital, where many gunshot victims are taken, was on bypass. 

Despite public reports the hospital was indeed on bypass, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System said that "over the past 24 hours, Stroger's trauma unit received an unusually high volume of patients. At no time did Stroger go on bypass or 'lockdown' its trauma unit. We are asking the families of trauma patients to limit visitation at this time to immediate family members only so staff may focus on patient care."

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire & Chicago Sun-Times 2018 also contributed to this report. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)