CHICAGO » Mother’s Day weekend saw eight people killed and 43 wounded by gun violence in Chicago, the most violent weekend in the city since the end of September, according to an analysis of Tribune data.
At least 1,225 people have been shot in Chicago this year as violence continues at a pace not seen in the city since the 1990s, according to data kept by Tribune and police.
This past weekend’s shootings were spread across the city, from the Roseland neighborhood to the south to West Rogers Park to the north. Two people were shot on Chicago highways, including a 35-year-old man who died after being shot in the back on Lake Shore Drive.
The weekend’s youngest homicide victim was 16-year-old Nathan Hicks, who was shot in the chest as he stood on a sidewalk in East Garfield Park. The oldest was 58-year-old Andres Rivera, killed at his dinner table in Archer Heights when a bullet pierced the front door and hit him in the head, police said.
In just 3 ½ hours early Saturday, a 30-year-old man was killed and 14 other people were wounded — the equivalent of someone shot every 14 minutes.
From Friday evening to Saturday morning, two people were killed and 25 were wounded; from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning, three were killed and 15 were wounded. On Sunday morning the pace began to slow, and six people were shot, three fatally.
The burst of violence comes on the heels of a new poll showing a wide disparity in how whites and blacks in Chicago view the safety of their neighborhoods. Many of the shootings over the weekend occurred in predominantly black areas.
According to the poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the New York Times, 41 percent of black respondents felt “not safe at all” or “not too safe” compared to 17 percent of white respondents. Forty-four percent of blacks rated their neighborhoods as a poor place to raise their children, compared to 16 percent of whites.
Asked how likely it is that a young person in their neighborhood would be a victim of crime, 49 percent of blacks said very likely compared to 19 percent of whites.
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