Nikia Betts

Little boy among 35 shooting victims in violent Chicago weekend

Thirty-five people were shot, including a 4-year-old boy, over a violent weekend in Chicago.

Between Friday evening and Monday morning, 35 people ranging from 4 to 89-years-old, were shot in the city, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Four of the shooting victims died, bringing the total number of people fatally shot in Chicago this year to 377. There have been more than 2,150 people shot in the city since the start of the year.

The 4-year-old boy was shot around 5 p.m. Friday in the city’s Austin neighborhood. He was with 28-year-old Nikia Betts and a 19-year-old man when gunfire rang out according to CBS Chicago. Betts was shot in the head and died at 5:54 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The young boy and the young man were both shot in the arm and were in good condition at Stroger Hospital.

The 89-year-old man was sitting in front of a business in the Lawndale neighborhood around 6:30 p.m. Friday when a shooter in a gray van began firing at another person who ran away. A bullet grazed the man’s arm and he declined medical treatment.

The other fatalities include an 18-year-old man who was shot in the head and pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center. He was one of three people who were shot as they stood on the sidewalk after midnight on Saturday, according to NBC Chicago.

At about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, a 20-year-old man was found unresponsive in a backyard in South Peoria. He had a gunshot wound to the back and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fourth fatal shooting of the weekend occurred just after midnight Monday when a 21-year-old man was shot in the abdomen while walking on North Ashland. A gunman in a passing black Dodge Charger opened fire and the man was later pronounced dead at Loyola Hospital.

A full list of the weekend’s shootings can be found here.

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