A 14-year-old boy was killed and 17 people injured in three mass shootings in Chicago on Wednesday, police said.
The first two shootings occurred within minutes and blocks of each other in the North Lawndale neighborhood after 6 p.m. Area 4 deputy police chief Ernest Cato said during a press conference.
The 14-year-old was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital after being hit in the head in the first shooting, which police said left a 16-year-old in serious condition. The wounded teenager was also shot in the head, Cato said. A 22-year-old man and two 24-year-old men injured in the shooting near the intersection of 13th Street and Christiana Avenue have been identified.
Several suspects then opened fire at a second crime scene, killing four teenagers and a 22-year-old man near the intersection of Douglas Boulevard and Ridgeway Avenue. They were taken to hospitals where they were in good condition, police said.
Almost six hours later, according to authorities, a dark gray Jeep Grand Cherokee opened fire on a party bus in the 1600 block of North LaSalle Drive in Lincoln Park. Eight people between the ages of 23 and 52 were injured, but investigators said they did not know whether they were on the bus or off the bus when they were shot.
One of the victims was listed in Critical Condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was dropped after being shot in the chest. The police described him as a 27-year-old man.
While a 24-year-old man who was shot in the arm and a 26-year-old woman who was shot in the leg suffered serious injuries, the remaining victims were in good or acceptable condition in the surrounding hospitals.
No one is on remand in connection with the party bus shoot-out. On Thursday it was unclear whether the first two incidents had resulted in arrests.
While Chicago recorded fewer violent crimes such as heavy battery, robbery and sexual assault, homicides so far this year are up 33 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
Shootings have increased 59 percent since the first half of 2019, the last comparable period since the pandemic began.
The Department of Justice is making efforts this week in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC to reduce mounting gun violence by addressing the illicit trafficking and prosecution of crimes that help bring guns to criminals to get.
Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to travel to Chicago, where he grew up, on Thursday to start the initiative.