Chicago police say shootings, homicides are down despite violent weekend

It was another violent weekend in the city of Chicago with 27 people wounded in shootings and six people killed — including a 5-month-old girl.

Several neighborhoods across the city saw violence.

On Monday, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown continued to tout that shootings and homicides are down.


This weekend was down 46-percent compared to this weekend last year, officials said. However, several incidents occurred Sunday following the Pride Parade.

Three people were shot in the Lake View East neighborhood. The incident occurred around 3 a.m. in the 3100 block of North Clark. Police say two men and one woman were outside when someone opened fire.

The woman was shot in the stomach and is in critical condition.

The weekend started off with a 5-month-old girl shot in the head while riding in a car in South Shore. No one is in custody for the murder.

"The city was shocked by the shooting of a five-month-old little girl. This is an unthinkable tragedy, and we want to take just a moment to offer our deepest condolences on behalf of the Chicago Police Department to the family. Officers and detectives are working to bring the offenders involved to justice. This is unacceptable, and we won't stand for it," said Supt. Brown.

The little brother of Fox political analyst, Gianno Caldwell was shot and killed Friday morning in the Morgan Park neighborhood. Police say a gunman opened fire on a group, including Christian and two others. No one is in custody.

"It’s utterly disappointing, disgusting," said Caldwell. "There’s no value for human life here, that value has been eroded over the years."

There were dozens of people shot over the weekend, with police responding to those scenes and trying to protect crowds at events like the annual Pride Parade.

"We had more resources and more police officers assigned to the parade, and they worked tirelessly," said Supt. Brown.

Overall, there were 26 arrests, but most of the issues Brown said came after the four-mile parade wrapped up.

"Multiple police officers were punched and slapped trying to disperse the crowds," said Supt. Brown.

He said there was a late night triple shooting and a separate triple stabbing near the parade route — the perpetrators are in custody.

Now, the city prepares for another busy week: Election Day, fireworks and the Fourth of July.

"We realize when possible threats becoming more dynamic, several high-profile events could be exploited to justify cause," said Executive Director of OEMC, Rich Guidice. "With this in mind, we continue to monitor local and national events."

Brown said these are tenuous times, but his officers will continue to show up.

"There’s been a lot of pendulum swinging over the past 2.5 years of what society will support, but one thing is consistent — the dedication and commitment of Chicago police officers," said Supt. Brown.