CHICAGO — The Halloween weekend was a violent one in Chicago, with at least four people killed and more than 30 wounded in shootings across the city.
Gunshots rang out one block from a worship service at the Chicago City Life Center in Englewood Sunday morning. Chicago police say a 23-year-old man was shot in the chest and killed, and a 24-year-old woman was shot in the leg.
Congregants waited inside the church as police blocked off the area, and rushed the victims to the hospital.
“The young man – they was taking him out of the car – he got shot. The mother was screaming, the young girl who got shot, she was trying her best to get in the house,” witness Kim Miller said.
Victim’s advocate and street pastor Donovan Price said there was "mayhem" in parts of the South Side during one eight-hour period, with at least one teenager among the victims.
A 16-year-old boy was walking through an alley on the 6200 block of S. Maplewood Avenue in Chicago Lawn around 2 a.m. Sunday when someone fired shots from a silver sedan, striking him in the chest and shoulder. He was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Hospital. A 19-year-old shot in the foot is listed in stable condition at Holy Cross.
Englewood residents say they’re frustrated by the violence, as the killing near Chicago City Life Center was the second homicide to occur in the neighborhood on Sunday. A 20-year-old man was shot in the neck while standing on the sidewalk on the 5900 block of S. Peoria Street around 12:20 a.m., according to police. He was taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where he was declared dead.
“Every time you turn the corner, it’s something going on. They need to stop it. It’s crazy," one resident said.
A fourth victim killed over the weekend, a 33-year-old man, was in a parked vehicle on the 2000 block of E. 95th Street around 5:47 p.m. Saturday when police say another vehicle pulled up and fired shots, striking him in the back. He was taken to University of Chicago Hospital, where he later died.
Inside the Chicago City Life Center, worshipers say they’ll have specific prayers this Sunday.
“Stop the violence and just put the guns down – and whoever is involved they can just turn themselves in,” congregant Shelia Harris said.