Five people were killed and at least 24 other were wounded, including a 12-year-old boy, in multiple shootings in Chicago this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Local officials stated this is one of the worst weekends in deaths and injuries related to gunshots and drive-by shootings in months in Chicago. According to local law enforcement officials, the latest shooting happened early Monday morning when a man was shot and killed outside a nightclub in the Bucktown neighborhood in Chicago’s North Side area.
On Sunday afternoon, a 12-year-old child was hit by a stray bullet from a nearby drive-by shooting in a North Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago’s Southwest Side. At around 3:15 p.m. local time, the boy was at a playground in the 1300 block of South St. Louis Street when multiple shots were fired and a stray bullet grazed his left hand, according to local law enforcement and emergency responders. Afterwards, he was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was treated for his injury and released that evening.
Investigators stated the boy was not the target of the shooting, which was most likely a drive-by attack. Although the preliminary numbers for Chicago’s bloody weekend stand at five dead and 24 injured, police are still investigating other instances of violence.
By Alex Lemieux
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