39 shot in Chicago over weekend as city nears 500 homicides

By Elvia Malagon and Elyssa Cherney / Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — At least 39 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, six of them fatally, as the city closes in on 500 homicides for the year, according to data kept by the Chicago Tribune.

The violence included a shooting in Roseland on the Far South Side that killed two women and a man. There were five other attacks with multiple victims. More than half the weekend’s shootings took place over 22 hours from Saturday morning to early Sunday.

With the weekend toll, at least 2,651 people have been shot in Chicago this year, according to the Tribune’s data. There have been at least 485 homicides.

Both numbers are below last year at this time, when at least 3,021 had been shot and there had been at least 527 homicides. Violence last year reached levels not seen in two decades.

Among those killed over the weekend was Dominic Morris, 30, Tyson White, 36, and a 26-year-old woman. They were standing near a parked car in Roseland when two gunmen opened fire, police said. All three died at the scene Saturday night.

About an hour later, 19-year-old Juan Flores was fatally shot by police about 12:50 a.m. Sunday on North Laramie Avenue on the Northwest Side, according to Chicago police. The officer opened fire after he was pinned by Flores’ car, police said.

Early Saturday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, Carlos Cortez, 22, was killed in a rifle attack on South Seeley Avenue, according to police. Cortez was taking a child out of a car when the shooting took place. About 14 rifle shell casings littered the ground next to a silver Ford sedan, which had its windows shot out.

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