Just when you thought it was all good.
Twenty-five people were wounded in gun violence over the weekend in Chicago amid news that the city’s homicide rate in March was down 69 percent from the previous year.
Two of the more than two dozen victims were fatally shot. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 23-year-old Eugenio Solano was walking in the 1800 block of North Francisco with a 44-year-old man at 8:05 p.m. Friday when a group of three men approached them, asked for directions and opened fire. Solano was shot in the chest and died at the scene, while the other man suffered a non-fatal wound to his hand.
Solano — whom his family described as funny, happy and “a people person” — was gunned down the day before hosting a birthday party for his 4-year-old son, according to DNAinfo Chicago.
Police say they believe Solano’s fatal shooting was gang-related.
In the weekend’s other fatal shooting in Chicago, 19-year-old Akeem Manago was walking with a 23-year-old man in the 1300 block of West Hastings Street in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood around 1:50 a.m. Sunday, when four males are believed to have approached them and opened fire, the Chicago Tribune reports. Manago was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at Stroger Hospital, while the other man was shot in the leg and last listed in good condition.
Six other men were shot within an hour of the Little Italy shooting, according to the Tribune.
Ironically, today, the city actually had something to be happy about.
Meanwhile, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced Monday that homicides in Chicago were down 69 percent last month compared to March 2012, an improvement McCarthy described in a press release as “progress, but they are by no means victory,” ABC Chicago reports.
Yeah, don’t let one month of less murders get you hype. Chi-town has a LOT of work to do to permanently lower the body count.
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