CHICAGO – Police were searching for two men who opened fire in a South Side neighborhood early Saturday, killing one woman and injuring nine other people.
The 10 victims were standing on the sidewalk in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood when the two men approached around 2 a.m., police said.
A 29-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen and left knee and 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 different 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 just the most recent in a series of shootings this year. More than 1,500 people have been shot in Chicago so far in 2021 – an 18% increase from the same time period last year, according to city data. More than 250 people have died from gunshot wounds.
At least three other people were shot in separate shootings in the early hours of Saturday morning, police said. All three were in good condition.
Nationwide, there have been 17 mass killings so far this year, defined as at least four people killed, not including the shooter, according to a USA TODAY/Associated Press/Northeastern University database. Sixteen of those were shootings. Saturday’s shooting in the Chatham neighborhood does not fall under the definition.
Last summer, in Chicago’s nearby Auburn Gresham neighborhood, 15 were shot at a funeral in what was the city’s largest shooting in recent memory.