Chicago sees violent night with looping fatal stabbings, multiple gunshots across the city – NBC Chicago

Shortly after Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced that the number of shootings and homicides in Chicago was down, several neighborhoods experienced a violent night on Tuesday, with a fatal stabbing and at the least six people shot in the space of six hours, authorities said.

Police say at least five of those shot were teenagers.

The first incident happened at 5.45pm in the 4600 block of South Mozart, where police say two 15-year-old men were near a sidewalk when they were hit by gunfire. The two victims were struck in the leg and one in the forearm. Both were taken to a nearby hospital and were last listed in good condition, police said.

At 10:08 p.m. in the 9600 block of South Yale Street, a 91-year-old man was fatally shot and sustained a gunshot wound to the groin, police said. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was last listed in critical condition.

No more than 30 minutes later, at 10:37 p.m. in the 6800 block of South Normal Avenue, a 14-year-old man was walking outside when two suspects exited a vehicle and began shooting in the direction of the victim, police said. The suspects then returned to the vehicle and fled. According to the police, the victim was hit several times in the legs and was transported to a nearby hospital in a serious condition.

Shortly after, at 10:54 p.m., a 41-year-old man was found in the 100 block of West Van Buren Street with multiple fatal stab wounds, police said. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In the last violent incident of the night, at 11:03 p.m. in the 2400 block of East 93rd Street, a 16-year-old man and a 14-year-old woman were inside a garage when they heard multiple gunshots of fire and felt pain, police said. Both victims were punched in the legs and were taken to a nearby hospital where they were last listed in fair condition.

Several shell casings were found in the driveway and the overhead garage door was closed at the time of the incident, authorities said.

Police say no one is in custody in any of the incidents and detectives are investigating.

Over Labor Day weekend, Chicago saw multiple incidents of violence, including at least 50 people shot dead and a Lakeview woman violently robbed in broad daylight.

Despite recent incidents however, Superintendent. Brown told a news conference Tuesday that the city has seen “a significant drop” in gun violence. “We continue to see a significant drop in gun violence in the city, with more than 600 fewer victims of gun violence so far this year,” Brown said. “Homicides are down 15%. And we’re seeing a significant decrease in shootings. Shootings are down 19%.”

Brown credited one policing measure in particular — the physical presence of police — with helping communities reduce crime and feel safer.

“One thing that I would say we really focus on in terms of the perception of whether I’m safe or not is our presence,” Brown said. “A presence has to be really something that’s focused, getting it out of the car, getting our foot rolling, engaging the people who have been a big focus for us. I think it’s talking about perceptions a lot more than just physical declines that we obviously have recognized.”

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