CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department released its latest crime statistics Saturday, saying overall crime is down across the city.
But police resources were stretched thin Friday night into Saturday as officers responded to 22 shootings. Thirty-one people were shot, two fatally.
In Streeterville, four men in their 20s were shot about 2 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of East Chicago Avenue. A Chicago alderman said it took officers 20 minutes to respond to the scene.
“It’s pretty shocking because it is a good neighborhood,” Streeterville resident Chhavi Addani said. “One of the reasons we decided to be here was because of how safe and nice it has been in the past.”
Ald. Brian Hopkins said the shooting stemmed from an illegal party. Police said a group was asked to leave the lakefront around 11 p.m. Friday. People scattered into the underpass and continued to party on the other side of the road.
“We’re looking into seeing who failed to lock the gates at night as they were supposed to,” Hopkins said.
In all, four men were wounded in the incident: a 28-year-old man shot in both legs, a 26-year-old man shot in the buttocks, a 28-year-old man grazed in the head, and a 25-year-old man shot in the head.
Chicago police Saturday morning said they continued to see overall crime decline throughout the city in May. A CPD report said shootings have decreased 13 percent year-to-date, and murders are down by 7 percent.
But between 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, there were 22 shootings across the city. Thirty-one people were shot, two fatally.
“Last night was a rough night,” Hopkins said, “and the police were very busy. They didn’t have any available patrol officers to get here right away. That needs to change.”
Both aldermen who represent Streeterville have asked Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for additional patrols during overnight hours.
Police are reviewing a substantial amount of video footage from the Streeterville shooting, including good images of the people who fired guns.
No one was in custody.