Four people, including two teenage males, were fatally shot over ten hours in Chicago on Thursday, on the heels of news that the city's soaring homicide rate stagnated in July.
Cornell Ferguson, 16, and Johnqualus Turner, 16, were fatally shot in the 600 block of North Avers Avenue around 12:50 p.m. Thursday in the city's Humboldt Park neighborhood, CBS Chicago reports. Ferguson and Turner were both declared dead on the scene.
A third teenage male was wounded in the same shooting.
Police note that two rival gangs have been fighting in that area recently, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Another man, Sherman Harris, was fatally shot while standing in a garage around 9:32 p.m. in the 900 block of North Lawler Avenue in the city's Austin neighborhood, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A second man was injured in the shooting.
In additional violence early Friday, five men were stabbed on the city's North Side, the Sun-Times reports.
Earlier Thursday, Chicago police announced that the city's homicide rate saw its first monthly decline of the year so far in July. The month was Chicago's third-least deadly July since 1987, a sign, Superintendent Garry McCarthy says, that the city's strategies to combat crime are working.
Over the first two days of August in Chicago, at least 25 people were shot, according to the Tribune. No one is in custody in the shootings as of early Friday.