It’s been a violent Labor Day weekend.
A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed at around 2 p.m. Sunday and police have added extra officers to try to prevent more holiday weekend violence with 27 people shot, 8 fatally.
Chicago police said they found 15 year-old Dovantae Jackson on the sidewalk in the 5100-block of West Washington Boulevard and was pronounced dead on the same block where he lived.
Community activist Andrew Holmes spoke with the family.
“They say he had just left out of the house when someone discharged that weapon. He’s a Marshall High School student. He was looking forward to playing basketball there because he has a coach that has been mentoring him.”
20 minutes later, a man was killed and a woman wounded in a shooting at a party when someone opened fire.
The 27-year-old man suffered numerous gunshot wounds to the body and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
This comes after August crime numbers showed a drop in murders down 23 % from last year.
About an hour later, two men were driving in a car about 4AM when someone fired shots from a passing vehicle. One man suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body and was pronounced dead on the scene.
The other man, 38, was hit in the chest, abdomen, hand and was able to take himself to the hospital where he is in serious condition.
Saturday, two men were killed and three more people were wounded after someone unleashed gunfire at a group of people in Englewood on the South Side. They were all on the front porch of a home when they heard gunfire, Chicago police said.
Three others, a woman and two men, were also wounded in the shooting.
On Saturday morning, a man was killed and another wounded in a double shooting in Humboldt Park.
Angel Perez, 18, was struck in the chest and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead, and he other man, 23, was hit in the buttocks and taken to Norwegian American Hospital in serious condition.
Another man was outside with a group of people about midnight and was hit with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Earlier this month, Eddie Johnson, superintendent of the Chicago Police Department said,
“I’m going to stop myself from becoming political here, but you have to stop and ask yourself, ‘What more will it take before we get a handle on what’s going on, not just in Chicago but across the county?’”
(Photo, screen grab; via ABC News Chicago)