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Chicago Weekend Shootings: 1 Dead, 8 Wounded Overnight In Chicago

Posted: 04/ 1/2012 12:25 pm Updated: 04/ 1/2012 1:33 pm

Chicago Weekend Shootings

Gun violence killed one and injured at least eight overnight Saturday in Chicago.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a man in his 20s was found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest inside an apartment in the 2600 block of South Tripp Avenue in the city's Little Village neighborhood around 4 a.m. Sunday. Police believe the slaying may be related to the same ongoing conflict between two rival gangs in the area that claimed the life of 6-year-old Aliyah Shell last month.

In the city's Garfield Park neighborhood, four people -- three men and one 32-year-old woman -- were shot in the 2700 block of West Madison Avenue around 3 a.m., CBS Chicago reports. The woman was hospitalized in serious condition. All three males -- one 21-year-old male and two 18-year-olds -- were listed in stable condition Sunday morning.

About 2 a.m. Sunday, a 27-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the 1400 block of West Morse Avenue in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood. The man was hospitalized in stable condition, according to the Tribune.

One block away less than 24 hours before, four people inside a van sustained minor injuries after several individuals in another vehicle opened fire on them while stopped at a stoplight at 12:55 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of West Morse, CBS reported.

No one is in custody in the above shootings as of early Sunday.

Between Friday evening and early Sunday, at least 16 people were wounded in shootings throughout Chicago.

Thursday, over a six-hour period, two people were killed and 11 wounded by gun violence, including a nephew of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade. Three months into 2012, Chicago has seen a 35 percent spike in homicides compared to the same period last year.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy addressed the uptick in gun violence Saturday at the Woodlawn Community Summit. He called the level of violence "unacceptable," ABC Chicago reports.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel previously commented, in response to recent shootings, "Our streets do not belong to gang bangers." The mayor said that the Chicago Public Department is in the midst of working on a new, comprehensive anti-gang strategy it hopes will help curb crime.

WATCH a Fox Chicago discussion on shootings in the city featuring Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), Rev. Michael Pfleger and Englewood activist Darryl Smith:

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Filed by Joseph Erbentraut  |