Officers from the Chicago Police Department attributed the shooting to a series of gang-related incidents. Many of the shootings occurred between 6 p.m. and early on Saturday morning, the police said.
One incident left four people injured near the Chicago campus of Northwestern University on Saturday morning.
According to police reports, at least 10 people were killed and 52 others injured in a tragic outbreak of gun violence in Chicago.
A 28-year-old man and a 26-year-old man said they were standing in front of a red van around 2 am when they heard shots and realized they had been shot, WLS said. Two other men, 28 and 25 years old, were shot in the head around the same area early Saturday, WLS said.
“In response to several gang-related incidents since Friday, Superintendent Eddie Johnson ordered patrols in areas with alleged retaliation,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement on Sunday. “Several people of interest are also being interrogated in relation to some of our incidents and the detectives have good video tracks in others.”
The violent outbreak came just hours after the department announced a sharp decline in crime on Friday.
The data collected by the Chicago Police Department showed a 13% decrease in shootings and a 7% decrease in murders, year after year, during the first five months of this year.
“Chicago residents and visitors can be sure that the DPC works day and night to keep them safe,” Superintendent of Police Eddie Johnson told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday. “Of course, we can always do better, but I believe our officers work diligently to provide consistent and fair policing in all of our neighborhoods, and our efforts are paying dividends.”