At least 73 people were shot over the weekend across Chicago, 11 of whom died from their injuries. In addition to a string of shootings, a local teen died at the Lollapalooza music festival, which was held in the city over the weekend.
All 73 people were shot between 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Monday, according to police. One of the victims who died was 17-year-old Jahnae Patterson, who was shot in the face outside a party in the Lawndale on Sunday, according to NBC5 in Chicago. In that incident, two gunmen shot at her and other partygoers. Five others, including an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old boy were injured in that shooting alone.
"My baby just left the house. Twenty minutes later I get a call stating my baby got shot. And then when we get over there, they are shooting again," Patterson's mother Tanika Humphries told NBC5. "This violence got to stop."
In six of the shootings, at least four people were shot at the same time.
Police blamed illegal guns for much of the violence in a Monday press conference. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said during a news conference that police arrested 46 people over the weekend for gun charges and that they seized 60 guns over the weekend alone.
"This isn't a widespread issue among citizens of this city. This is a small subset of individuals who think they can play by their own rules because they continue to get a slap on the wrist when we arrest them," Johnson said. "I'm tired of it. Everybody in this city should be tired of it."
Of the wounded who reported an age, the oldest victim was 62 and the youngest was 11, CNN reported.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel dismissed that hot weather is to blame.
"You can talk about the weather, but the weather didn't pull the trigger," he said. “There are too many guns on the street, too many people with criminal records on the street, and there is a shortage of values about what is right and what is wrong," he added.
Even a music festival turned deadly during Chicago’s dark weekend. Evan Kitz-Miller, 16, was found unresponsive at Lollapalooza on Sunday evening. He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead a little over an hour later, NBC5 in Chicago reported. Although an official cause of death is pending, Kitz-Miller’s parents said the teen suffered a seizure and his heart stopped, according to ABC7 in Chicago.
Over the weekend, at least 325,930 people attended the festival, which resulted in seven arrests and in 119 attendees being taken to hospitals.
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