At least nine people were killed and at least 36 wounded in Chicago over the weekend. Three of the deaths and 14 of the wounded – including six children – were shot between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, five of the children were walking home after playing in a park when a car pulled up and someone asked if they were in a particular gang. One relative said they had replied they were not in a gang; another said shots were fired before they could answer.
The youngest victim, 11-year-old Tymisha Washington, was the most seriously wounded and was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition. But despite her injuries, Tymisha was talking with her parents from her bed in the intensive care unit Monday morning.
“She says she’s ready to go home,” said her father Cory Lesser. “She’s tired of the doctors poking her with needles.”
The weekend violence has prompted a newly formed federal unit, called the Violent Crimes section, to step in and help tackle Chicago’s gun problem.
The total number of suspected homicides through this past weekend is 90, two less than during the same period last year.