Three killed, 13 injured in weekend gun violence in Chicago
April 22, 2013
Three people have been killed and at least 13 others wounded in gun violence throughout the city since Friday afternoon.
Donald Holman, 37, was shot three times in the legs about 7:45 p.m. Friday in the 1100 block of North Menard Avenue, authorities said.
He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he later died.
Lucas Zimmerman, 34, was found unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds in a convenience store parking lot in the 3900 block of North Kimball Avenue shortly after midnight Saturday.
Witnesses told police Zimmerman was shot in an alley in the 3300 block of West Irving Park Road before stumbling to the parking lot, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. He was shot in the arm and face, Alfaro added. Zimmerman was pronounced dead at the scene.
A male was shot to death in the 1700 block of West 44th Street about 4:49 a.m. Monday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, police said.
He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition, but died shortly thereafter, police said. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the death, though the male’s identity was withheld until his family could be notified.
At least 13 other people were wounded in gun violence throughout the city this weekend.
The most recent non-fatal shooting happened about 6:12 p.m. Sunday, when two men were shot in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. Both men were shot multiple times in the 9000 block of South Kingston Avenue, police said. They were both taken in “stable” condition to Advocate Trinity Hospital.
Most often the gun violence in Chicago disproportionately affects young people of color. Here is some background on the violence in Chicago:
Since 2008, more than 530 young people have been killed in Chicago, making it the youth murder capital of the country. The vast majority of these deaths—almost 80 percent—have happened in 22 Black and Brown majority neighborhoods. In 2010,nearly 700 Chicago school children were shot, and 66 of them died. Last year, 24 school children were killed and another 319 were injured by gunfire.
"It’s never stated, but clearly understood: If 530 white children had been killed in a five-year period in any city in the U.S., it would be considered a national emergency. When white children die, it prompts press conferences, soul-searching and demands for change. When Black children die, it is dismissed as "Black on Black" crime and met with calls for more police or finger-pointing at Black parents." - Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor