35 people shot, 8 fatally, in Chicago over weekend
Police work the scene where a man was killed in an officer-involved shooting near 59th Street and State Street in the Washington Park neighborhood on June 2, 2017. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Eight people were shot dead and 27 other people were wounded in attacks across Chicago over the weekend, including two shootings involving police officers from a summer mobile detail that happened 24 hours apart.
In the first police-involved shooting, officers fatally shot shot Corsean Lewis, 17, about 11:10 p.m. Friday in the 5800 block of South Wabash Avenue in the Washington Park neighborhood, according to officials.
Officers with the summer mobile detail unit had responded to a call of a person with a gun and were approaching a group of people when someone fired a shot at the officers, hitting the front bumper of the unmarked police car, according to officials.
Officers returned fire, striking the teen multiple times, according to police. Officers found a gun at the scene, and they believe the teen was the one who had fired the shot at them, according to officials.
About 24 hours later, officers working a similar summer mobile unit farther south in the 8100 block of South Maryland Avenue were involved another shooting. A Chicago police officer and another man were both wounded.
In that incident, a man ran from officers who had saw him drinking outside. He went into a nearby apartment building where a struggled over a gun ensued between an officer and the man.
An officer was shot in the hand, and the officer’s partner shot at the man, critically wounding him, police said.
In addition to the police-involved shootings, two men were killed and six others were wounded within about an hour early Sunday. Among those killed was 41-year-old Edward Mason who was shot in the head and chest just before 3:15 a.m. in the 1800 block of West Maypole Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sunday afternoon, Shantae Nevith, 22, was fatally shot in an apparent murder-suicide in the 2500 block of West Lyndale Street about 12:30 p.m. in the Logan Square neighborhood, police said. The 23-year-old man, who police believe shot Nevith, was found dead hours later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Despite the violent weekend, the number of people killed and shot in Chicago is down compared to last year, when gun violence rose to levels not seen in two decade.
The city has recorded 259 homicides this year compared to 271 this time last year, according to data compiled by the Tribune.
The number of shooting victims has decreased by about 9 percent. As of Monday, 1,434 people had been shot compared to 1,588 people this time last year, according to Tribune data.