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Chicago July 4th Celebrations Leave 104 Shot, 18 Dead

Chicago, IL – There were 104 shootings over 4th of July weekend in Chicago, including two police officers and at least 10 juveniles.

Eighteen people died, WLS reported.

Of the 10 juveniles who were wounded by gunfire, two little girls ages five and six were shot in separate incidents, according to the Chicago Tribune.

At least 18 people were killed by gunfire, according to WLS.

Police and Chicago Tribune data indicated the recorded shootings began at about 5 p.m. on Friday evening and continued through 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

During approximately the same time period last year, 87 people were shot and 17 were killed, WLS reported.

The last time almost that many people were shot over July 4th weekend in Chicago was 2017, the Chicago Tribune reported.

In 2017, 103 people were shot between Friday evening and the Wednesday morning after the holiday weekend.

Chicago police had staffed up ahead of the bloodiest weekend so far this summer, WBBM reported.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown had noted that days off were cancelled and all 12,000 members of the police force would be working in 12-hours shifts throughout Independence Day weekend.

But that preparation didn’t appear to have done much to stem the rising number of violent and bloody incidents in the city, WBBM reported.

A six-year-old girl and her mother were shot in the 100-block of East 119th Place when a gunman in a grey SUV fired shots at them, the Chicago Tribune reported.

A five-year-old girl was shot in an alley in the middle of the afternoon in the West Pullman neighborhood.

Several boys and girls in the 11-to-13 age group were also wounded, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Two police officers were shot when they tried to break up a 4th of July celebration in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood in the early hours of Monday.

Police said the incident occurred at about 1:45 a.m. on July 5 in the 100-block of North Long Avenue, WLS reported.

A female Chicago Police Department (CPD) commander and a CPD sergeant were on patrol when they encountered a large crowd setting off fireworks, according to police.

The officials were attempting to disperse the crowd when gunfire erupted, WLS reported.

Police said the supervisors said they heard the gunfire and then felt pain from having been shot.

Both officials were transported to Stroger Hospital for treatment, WLS reported.

Police said the commander had been shot in her foot, and the sergeant was wounded in the thigh.

They were both in reportedly “good” condition as of Monday morning, WLS reported.

CPD doesn’t know if the officials were targeted.

“As you know, there’s been a lot of large crowd gatherings tonight, a lot of celebratory fireworks going off, kind of spontaneous,” Superintendent Brown told reporters. “They were dispersing a crowd when they heard shots and felt pain. Not sure if they targeted or whether this was people celebrating shooting in the air, shooting indiscriminately.”

Investigators were looking for surveillance video from the area that might render clues to whom the suspects were, WLS reported.

Superintendent Brown had a press conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon to address the bodycount from the holiday weekend.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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