While most people were out celebrating the Fourth of July with cookouts and fireworks, others were out shooting up the city of Chicago. Eighty-two people were shot, 14 of them fatally, according to the Chicago Tribune. The string of incidents started Thursday afternoon.
In the most recent fatal shooting, an unidentified 44-year-old woman was shot at a barbecue around 12:30 a.m. Monday in the city’s Morgan Park neighborhood, according to the station. She was shot as she leaned into a car in a parking lot and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“While to date we have had the fewest murders since 1963, one victim is too many and there is clearly much more work to be done,” said police spokesman Martin Maloney.
Dozens of others were wounded in shootings throughout the holiday weekend.
“We will keep building on our strategy, putting more officers on the street in summer months, proactively intervening in gang conflicts,” Maloney said, according to CBS Chicago. “Yet, even with the best police and the best policing strategy in the world, without better state and federal laws to keep guns off the streets and out of the hands of dangerous criminals, we’ll continue to face an uphill battle.”
Ross Rice, a security consultant for CBS Chicago, told the station the violence over the weekend speaks to a larger problem.
“I think it is representative of the gang, drug, gun violence problem that still persists in Chicago,” Rice said. “It’s not a law enforcement problem solely. There’s not going to be a law enforcement solution to this. You can’t arrest your way out of gang violence.”
Sixteen-year-old Warren Robinson was shot dead by police just three days shy of his 17th birthday, according to CBS Chicago. After being chased by officers on Saturday evening, he was found hiding under a car by authorities. Police said officers told Robinson several times to drop his gun as he was getting out from under the vehicle. He allegedly refused the command and officers said they shot him to defend themselves.
The boy’s mother, Georgiana Utendahl, said her son was not armed. Some witnesses said Robinson kept his hands in the air the entire time, a claim that police refute.
“They shot him over twenty times,” Utendahl told the station. “They are trying to say he had a gun on him and he didn’t have a gun on him.”
As of this afternoon, police told CBS that no one is in custody from any of the shootings.