CHICAGO — More than 30 people have been shot in Chicago since the Labor Day weekend began. At least seven of them have died. And an eighth person died in a stabbing.
15-year-old Davantae Jackson was the youngest victim fatally shot over the weekend. He was shot around 2:20 a.m. Sunday near West Washington Boulevard and North Laramie Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood. Police say Jackson lived in the same block where he was shot.
Davantae would have started his freshman year at Marshall Metropolitan High School Tuesday. The Austin community held a vigil to honor the teen Monday.
Five people were also shot while on a porch in West Englewood. The shooting happened just before 6 p.m. in the 7100 block of South Paulina Street. A 26-year-old man and a 32-year-old man were killed in that shooting.
The number of deadly shootings surpassed the total from last year’s Labor Day weekend, when four people were killed and 23 others were injured in shootings.
According to Chicago Police crime statistics, there were 46 murders reported in August which is a 23% decrease in murders from August of last year.
The number of total shootings also decreased by 19%.