CHICAGO — Gunfire killed seven people and wounded 13 others on Wednesday on Chicago’s West and South Sides. That made it the city’s deadliest day of the year so far.
Police say a 20-year-old known gang member and his pregnant girlfriend, Wilteeah Jones, were shot and killed at 76th and Champlain in the Chatham neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The man was in the vehicle at the time. Jones is believed to have jumped out from the car and ran before she was gunned down. It’s unknown how far along she was in her pregnancy. No one has been arrested.
In the city’s Little Village neighborhood, Jose Correa was killed on the floor of his garage at 27th and Central Park.
Police say he was shot several times in the back, neck and mouth.
Correa’s widow is pleading with her husband’s killer to turn themselves into the police.
There have been more than 90 murders this year in Chicago, and nearly 400 wounded.
Tio Hardiman, a well-known community organizer who runs the “Violence Interrupters” program, says a possible solution could involve working with gang members to mediate disputes before they become fatal confrontations.
The police superintendent continues to call in lawmakers to stiffen penalties for repeat gun offenders, which he says would go a long way to reducing city violence.