CHICAGO — Chicago reached a grim milestone overnight, surpassing the 100th homicide of the year.
38-year-old Samuel Head and a 20-year-old man – whose name has not been released yet – were both shot and killed at a house party at 65th and Drexel around 1 a.m. Saturday morning. Police say two men in hoodies fired shots into a crowd, then took off. One victim suffered from a gunshot wound to the chest, while the other was hit in the torso and face. They both died at the scene. Head’s girlfriend was taken to the hospital in good condition with a graze wound to her thigh.
Police say both men were documented gang members. No arrests have been made.
Three people were also shot at 74th and Baldwin around 8 a.m. Saturday. A 20-year-old and 39-year-old man were taken to Northwestern Hospital in good condition, while a 15-year-old girl was transported in stable condition. Police say people in two vehicles were actually shooting at each other. Charges are pending against one suspect, police said.
According to the Chicago Police Department, Chicago has seen 90 murders so far this year, compared with 96 at the same time last year. Some deaths that the Cook County Medical Examiner rules as homicides are excluded from those figures, including individuals killed in police-involved shootings, and freeway shootings, which are investigated by the Illinois State Police.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the high-tech strategic support centers recently rolled out in some districts are showing some positive results, but it’s clear there is much more work to be done.