Thirteen people were shot in Chicago yesterday, seven of them fatally, on what Chicago Police say was the deadliest day of the year. The Chicago Tribune reports data shows homicides are on pace to surpass last year’s death toll. It was the deadliest day since Christmas 2016, when eight people were killed in the city.
Since January 1, 92 people have lost their lives to gun violence, and yesterday was the fifth day this year with five shooting fatalities, according to NBC Chicago. Homicides had initially been lagging behind last year’s, which had been the deadliest year in the city in two decades. However, by Wednesday night, the city had recorded its 99th homicide, two days ahead of the same number in 2016. At least 495 people have been shot in Chicago since the New Year, which according to the Tribune’s data is almost 60 more than this time last year.
Willie Shaw was Wednesday’s first casualty, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. The 55-year-old was shot in the leg following an argument and pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital at 1:31 am. Twenty-one hours later, police recorded the final shooting of the day after 10 pm, when an unidentified 25-year-old man realized he had been shot in the back after hearing gunfire while riding in a car. He was taken to Trinity Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. Among the dead was a pregnant woman in her 20s who was found on the sidewalk just after 8 pm, shot in her abdomen and side. Nearby was a 20-year-old man behind the wheel of a car, who had been shot in the neck. Like Willie Shaw, they were both taken to Stroger Hospital, where they died from their wounds.