Long and Bloody July 4th Weekend in Chicago

Posted: Jul 08, 2013 8:28 AM
Long and Bloody July 4th Weekend in Chicago

The long holiday weekend in Chicago was a bloody one as the Windy City's gun control laws again prove to be a failure. More from the Chicago Tribune:

Eight people were shot -- one fatally -- in a drive-by shooting in which two men fired on a group of people at a home in the Lawndale neighborhood Saturday evening, authorities said.

At least one of the shooters used a rifle and casings were recovered at the scene, police said.

At least 67 people have been shot across the city since Wednesday afternoon during this long holiday weekend, 11 fatally.

In Saturday evening's shooting, four people in serious-to-critical condition and one person in fair-to-serious condition were taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, while one person in serious-to-critical and one person in fair-to-serious condition were taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital, according to the Chicago Fire Department's media office.

One victim, a 49-year-old man, was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. He was identified as Terry Patterson; his home address was not available. He had been taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound the groin, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Joshua Purkiss said.

At Stroger were: a woman, 72, with a wound to an ankle; a woman, 41, with a wound to her right thigh; a man, 43, with gunshot wounds to the leg and back; a man, 45, shot in the penis and right thigh; and a man, 48, shot in the leg and buttocks. At Mount Sinai were: a man, 31, shot in the wrist, and a woman, 20, shot in the right leg. Police described all the victims as having had their conditions stabilized.

So far this year more than a thousand people have been shot in Chicago.

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