7 shot since Thursday afternoon
June 21, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Warm weather usually means an uptick in violence in Chicago. Seven people have been shot since Thursday, including a 17-year-old girl.
Authorities say the teen and a man were standing in front of a home near 68th and Wabash in the Park Manor neighborhood when someone shot both of them. The teen was hit in the chest and back. The man, 24, was shot in the chest and grazed in the arm. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital.
"She was talking to me and I said, 'You alright?' And she said, 'Yeah, I'm alright. Where is the ambulance at?' That's the only thing she was concerned about, the ambulance. I told her don't move and then we just put pressure on the back," said relative Michael Sutton.
A car came by and opened fire on both of them at 11:30 p.m.
At least five shootings have been reported across the city since Thursday. And last week, more than 40 people were shot. Authorities are aware that the warm weather routinely brings more shootings throughout the city, but they say they do not have a different plan of action just because it is summer.
"We don't have a different strategy for the summer. But we'll be doing more of the same that we've been doing. Operation Impact Right, or gang violence reduction strategy, a different method of doing our narcotics enforcement that focuses on eliminating markets from the street corners which is why we're down 80-something murders as we stand here, and 300 shooting victims as we stand here, this year in comparison to last year," Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said.
In an effort to help stop the violence, St. Sabina's Father Michael Pfleger is asking Chicagoans to "occupy the streets." He expects more than 2,000 people to rally at his South Side church Friday evening. After the rally, participants plan to march through the streets promoting peace.
"They need to get these young kids some jobs and let them have something to do. If there was something they were focused on we wouldn't have a lot of this shooting in the neighborhood," said neighbor Emanuel Walker, Sr.
As the temperatures start to rise, so can violence. Last weekend went on the books as the bloodiest of the year. More than 40 people were shot in the city.
"This summer we want this violence to stop. We have to own it. We have to get out of our houses. Let's take a page from the Occupy movement presence, raise issues and send a tidal wave throughout this country," Pfleger said.
About 10:15 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot in the arm and leg in the 12000 block of South Perry Avenue, police said.
Shots were fired at him from a dark-colored four-door vehicle, said police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer, citing preliminary information. She said the shooting may have been gang-related.
He was taken to the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital in "stable" condition, police said.
The most recent shooting occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the 6600 block of South Hoyne Avenue.
A 24-year-old man was inside his vehicle when a dark minivan drove up and two gunmen exited and fired multiple shots, police said. The gunmen then returned to the van and fled the scene.
The victim drove himself to Holy Cross Hospital where he was listed in critical condition with gunshot wounds to both legs, police said.
The victim has gang affiliations, police said.
Just before midnight, a 30-year-old man was shot in the 4500 block of South Sawyer Avenue.
The man was walking down the street when a vehicle pulled up beside him and a group of unknown suspects shouted gang slogans then fired.
He was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in "stable" condition, police said.
The man is a known gang member, according to a police source.
About 10:20 p.m. Thursday, a man in his 40s was shot in the arm in the 6400 block of South Sangamon Street, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in stable condition.
About 2:20 p.m. Thursday, a 21-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 3100 block of West Douglas Boulevard, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in "stable" condition.
No one was in custody for any of the shootings as area detectives investigated.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.
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