The Chicago Journal

Gun Violence in the North and South Areas of Chicago Leave Six Wounded Over the Weekend and One Dead

Gun violence across America continues as Chicago becomes its latest victim when two people were seemingly engaged in a shootout in South Austin on Saturday while later that morning a shooting from a passing car rocked the River North neighborhood.

South Austin

Two people with gunshot wounds were found in South Austin Saturday night.

The 31-year-old was shot in the face and later transported to Mt. Sinai, where he died. The second man was shot and wounded in the leg, arm and chest, leaving him in serious condition.

An investigation indicates that the two victims may have exchanged gunshots. However, the incident is currently under investigation with Area Four detectives on the case.

North River

Meanwhile, authorities report that a shooting took place in block 400 of North State Street at 1:11 am. The officers who complied with the shooting request found four victims on the spot.

Among the victims is a 29-year-old man who was shot in the neck, jaw and chest. A 41-year-old man suffered a laceration in his leg, a 27-year-old man was shot in the foot. The latest victim, a 40-year-old woman, was hit in the legs and knees.

All four victims were taken to hospital. The 29-year-old has suffered the most and is currently in critical condition. The 40-year-old woman was found in fair condition, while the other two were in good condition.

Authorities interviewed a witness who said the shooter was driving a white sedan when they opened fire. After the shooting, the car escaped south.

Police are currently investigating the situation and looking for suspects.

The shooting isn’t the first, as River North witnessed another shooting incident three weeks ago that left two people injured.

Two men, aged 29 and 20, were shot by an unknown assailant in a black Jeep fleeing north on State Street.

While the younger man sustained a thigh injury and was treated on the spot, the 29-year-old man sustained a thigh injury and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition. 

The downtown shooting took place in the 18th ward, where the homicide rate went up to 100% and the shooting rate increased by 53%. The district has a total crime rate of 71%, which includes burglary, car theft, robbery, assault and theft.