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Chicago July 4th: 22 shot, 4 fatally, in weekend violence so far, police say

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CPD has already said it plans to put around 1,200 extra officers on the street through the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
CHICAGO (WLS) — At least 22 people have been shot, and four killed, over the holiday weekend in Chicago so far, police said. Most recently, Chicago police said a 7-year-old girl was fatally shot on a sidewalk in Austin Saturday at around 7 p.m. The shooting occurred in the 100 block of N Latrobe Ave, police said. According to CPD, a vehicle had pulled up to the scene, and a group exited the vehicle, firing shots in the direction of the victim. The girl was shot in the forehead, police said. Over 20 rounds were fired, according to CPD. Area Four Detectives are investigating. As of 5 p.m., police had recovered 17 firearms. A woman was shot to death and two men were wounded Saturday near 31st Street Beach on the South Side. They were walking about 5:20 a.m. in the 3100 block of South Lake Shore Drive when a group of about six males approached, according to Chicago police. Three or four members of the group distracted the 34-year-old woman while two other suspects pulled out guns and started shooting at her and the two men she was with, police said. The woman was hit in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. A 26-year-old man was shot in the right leg, thigh and torso, police said. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, but his condition was not immediately known. The other man, 32, was grazed on his left leg, according to police. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition. No one is in custody as Area One detectives investigate. Later Saturday morning, 31-year-old man was fatally shot Saturday in Englewood on the South Side. About 7:15 a.m. he was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle in the 6400 block of South Hoyne Avenue, when someone inside a dark-colored SUV began firing shots in his direction, Chicago police said. He was struck in the chest, neck, right arm and rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released the details of his death. Area One detectives are investigating. A 20-year-old man was also shot and killed near the 6600 block of South Halsted Saturday morning, police say. Earlier in the week, Chicago’s mayor and police superintendent laid out their plans to curb violence in the city this 4th of July holiday weekend, including 1,200 more police officers on the streets. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new violence prevention dash board to identify hot spots throughout the city, and coordinate efforts between police and violence prevention groups to try and make the holiday weekend safe. CPD Supt. David Brown expanded on the department’s approach Friday. »The best way to reduce violence is to prevent it from happening, » he said. « We will be targeting criminal networks that are the pipeline to violence in this city over this 4th of July weekend. »Chicago police will be doing their part this weekend, but the mayor said it must be an all-hands-on-deck effort across Chicago if the city is going to avoid a repeat of the past two deadly weekends. »It’s not just on the police department. Not just on the fire department. Not just on elected officials, » Lightfoot said. « All of us have to embrace our notion of community and think about what we can do, each of us in our own way, to make our communities safe and healthy and vibrant. »With more officers on the streets from Thursday to Sunday, they will be focusing on getting illegal guns off the street.

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