Chicago’s Memorial Day weekend toll: 69 shot, 6 fatally


By Peter Nickeas and Deanese Williams-Harris, Chicago Tribune

Two men were killed and another 14 people wounded in shootings Monday through early Tuesday in Chicago, raising the Memorial Day weekend toll to at least 69 people shot, six of them fatally.

The two fatal shootings occurred around the same time, 11 p.m. Monday: A 44-year-old man was killed in the city’s Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side, and a 39-year-old man died in the West Rogers Park neighborhood on the Far North Side.

The Washington Park shooting occurred in the 5100 block of South Calumet Avenue. The man, identified as James Taylor of the 6500 block of South Ellis Avenue, was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m. at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.


The West Rogers Park shooting occurred in the 6400 block of North Rockwell Avenue. The man, who was identified as Johan Jean of the 100 block of Ashland Avenue in Evanston, was pronounced dead at 11:44 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office. Police said the man’s age is 25.

Last year, 12 people were killed and 44 wounded over the holiday weekend. This weekend, 13 more people were shot, but six fewer people were killed.

The breakdown from the weekend is: Three people killed and 12 people wounded Friday afternoon through early Saturday; one person killed and 24 people wounded Saturday evening through early Sunday; 13 people wounded Sunday afternoon through early Monday; and 16 people shot Monday into early Tuesday, two of them fatally.

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