By Madeline Buckley
Close to 3,000 people have been shot in Chicago so far this year, down from the violence of 2016 but still significantly higher than in other recent years, according to data kept by the Tribune.
At least 2,958 people have been shot in the city this year, fewer than the 3,347 people shot by this day in 2016, the numbers show. Homicides are also down, 572 this year compared with 586 this time last year.
Gun violence last year reached levels not seen in the city in two decades. When compared with other recent years, this year’s shootings and homicides are up by hundreds.
In 2015, at least 2,379 people were shot by this date and there were 399 homicides; in 2014, 2,030 shot and 339 homicides; in 2013, 1,805 shot and 349 homicides, according to Tribune data.
This past weekend’s violence included three men shot at a bachelor party in Bronzeville and, three blocks away, a suspected burglar wounded by a homeowner less than 24 hours later, according to police.
Chicago police officers stand outside a liquor store where a shooting occurred in the 200 block of West Root Street on Oct. 7, 2017, in the Fuller Park neighborhood.
The triple shooting occurred outside a bachelor party in the 4500 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue around 1:55 a.m. Saturday. A 32-year-old man was shot in the face, a 25-year-old man was shot in the feet and a 32-year-old man was shot in the buttocks. They were stabilized at Provident Hospital of Cook County. Two clusters of more than a dozen shell casings littered the sidewalk close to 45th Street.
At 10:55 p.m. the same day, a 44-year-old man was shot by a homeowner while trying to break into a home down the street and around the corner, police said. The homeowner told police the intruder used a crowbar to force his way into his home in the 4500 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue when he fired at him.
The suspect fled in a car after he was shot and drove to Mercy Hospital, police said. Shot multiple times, he was transferred to Stroger Hospital, police said.
The homeowner, a 60-year-old man, has a valid FOID card and a concealed carry permit.
Among those killed over the weekend was an 18-year-old man shot in the neck in a double shooting that also injured a 20-year-old man in the Pilsen neighborhood Saturday morning.
Another 18-year-old man died after being shot in the chest in East Chatham on the South Side on Friday. And a 24-year-old man was shot and killed in an alley in the 8300 block of South Ingleside Avenue, also in East Chatham.
The youngest shooting victims were two 17-year-olds wounded while driving in the 200 block of West Garfield Boulevard in the Fuller Park neighborhood.