18 People Shot, 6 Fatally, in Weekend Violence in Chicago

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It’s too bad that Chicago doesn’t have any kind of gun control laws to prevent this kind of violence from occurring.

Oh. Wait. Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. 

Via ABC News

CHICAGO — At least 18 people have been shot so far this weekend and six of those victims are dead.

One of the shootings happened in the University Village neighborhood early Saturday morning.

Two security guards were called to a large outdoor party at a housing complex in the 1300 block of West Hastings. Someone started shooting and a 24-year-old man was shot in the back and killed. The two security guards were wounded.

Officers received a call of shots fired in the 4800 block of West Monroe in Austin just before 5:30 a.m. Saturday and found a 23-year-old man lying face down, police said. He was shot several times and was dead at the scene.

One man, 29, was shot in both thighs, his hand a forearm. The other man, 30, was shot in the hand. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital where their conditions stabilized, police said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not confirm the two most recent deaths Saturday morning.

Two men, both 19, were in a vehicle in the first block of South Springfield in West Garfield Park about 1:30 a.m. when they were shot, police said.

One man was shot in the abdomen and was dead at the scene, police said. The other was shot in right leg and listed in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Late Friday, a man was fatally shot in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side.

The 22-year-old was shot in the neck about 10:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of South Kirkland, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The medical examiner’s office confirmed both deaths but didn’t release additional details Saturday morning.

The weekend’s first fatal shooting occurred in West Englewood.

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the head just after 9 p.m. by two males who approached the vehicle he was riding in, police said. At the time of the shooting, the vehicle was going down an alley in the 6500 block of South Hamilton

Police said the teen, identified by his mother as Melvin Cook, was pronounced dead at the scene, though the medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

Police said the driver ran away from the vehicle after the shooting.

The most recent nonfatal shooting occurred on Lake Shore Drive in the Lake View neighborhood.

A 27-year-old man walked into Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the foot just before 5:30 a.m., police said. He told investigators he was shot in the 3200 block of North Lake Shore Drive.

His condition had stabilized Saturday morning, though additional details were not immediately available, police said.