CHICAGO – Police were looking for two men who opened fire in a South Side neighborhood early on Saturday, killing a woman and injuring nine others.
The 10 victims were standing on the sidewalk in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood when the two approached around 2 a.m., police said.
A 29-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen and left knee and was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said.
Six men – 26, 27, 30, 32, 41 and 46 – were in fair condition at four area hospitals, police said. A 34-year-old woman and two 23-year-old men were in good condition at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, police said.
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The incident is only the most recent in a series of shootings this year. More than 1,500 people have been gunned down in Chicago so far in 2021 – an 18% increase from the same period last year, according to city data. More than 250 people have died from gunshot wounds.
At least three other people were shot dead in separate shootings in the early hours of Saturday morning, police said. All three were in good condition.
Nationally, there have been 17 massacres so far this year, defined as at least four people killed, not including the gunman, according to a USA TODAY / Associated Press / Northeastern University database. Sixteen of them were shootings. Saturday’s shootout in the Chatham neighborhood does not fall within the definition.
Last summer, in Chicago’s neighboring Auburn Gresham neighborhood, 15 people were shot dead in a funeral in what was the city’s biggest shooting in recent memory.