4 Dead, 12 Wounded in Weekend Chicago Shootings

The weekend’s latest incident took place around 10 a.m. Sunday when a man was shot while shoveling snow on Chicago’s South Side.

Just before 5 a.m. Sunday, two men were found dead in the 9100 block of South Commercial Avenue.

Just before 5 a.m. Sunday, two men were found dead in the 9100 block of South Commercial Avenue. … Responding officers discovered two men who were apparently shot to death in what police believe to have been a home invasion.

Late Saturday, a 27-year-old man suffered a graze wound above his left eye, police said.

Less than an hour earlier, a 35-year-old man was shot in the ankle in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Just before 3:30 p.m. Saturday, a 23-year-old man was shot in the buttocks in the 10100 block of South Parnell Avenue, police said. The shooting is believed to have been gang-related, Sullivan said.

The 31-year-old man was standing on the street when he was shot in the leg, Sullivan said.

Around 3:40 a.m. Saturday, two people were shot in a drive-by shooting in the 800 block of North Kedzie Avenue.

An 18-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were driving down the street when a white car pulled up along the passenger’s side and fired shots into the car.

The woman was shot in the shoulder and the man was shot in the right arm. Both victims were listed in stable condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.

In another drive-by shooting early Saturday morning, three people were injured, including a pregnant woman when a gunman opened fire into their car, which had broken down on an exit ramp off of southbound Interstate 94.

Around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, a 16-year-old boy was dropped off at Mount Sinai Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Police said the boy was shot in the 1800 block of South Central Park Avenue, but was unable to relate what happened due to his injuries.

On Friday, a 19-year-old man was fatally shot while walking with friends around 7:20 p.m. in the 8200 block of South Princeton Avenue, police said.

Roughly two hours earlier, a 21-year-old man was found shot dead on the city’s Northwest Side.

Around 3:30 p.m. Friday, a 15-year-old boy accidentally shot his girlfriend in the chin, police said.

The boy was showing his girlfriend a gun while the two were at his home in the 10000 block of South Perry Avenue. The gun discharged and struck the 15-year-old girl in the chin, according to authorities.

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I am so proud to lead an office of 140 dedicated colleagues who serve the public by prosecuting crime, advocating for victims, and planning crime prevention programs. I am also proud to work with hundreds of Lake County police officers on a daily basis to connect with every community and to develop comprehensive, holistic plans to respond to the mental health and economic crisis that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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With my wonderful wife Stephanie, I am raising my two sons, Sam and Teddy, in Lake County. Nothing is more important to me than my family’s safety and I bring that passion and determination to protect all families with me to work every day.

I joined the Lake County Public Defender’s Office in 2003 and started my own law firm in 2009. From 2003 until 2020, I watched the Lake County legal system fail to prioritize violent crime, prevent wrongful prosecutions, or address racial disparities.

So, in 2019, I decided to run for State’s Attorney so that I could serve our community by improving a local legal system that cared more about covering up its mistakes and biases than uncovering new and innovative ways to help people.

I won the 2020 election, and became the first Democrat to hold this position in 40 years. Bringing in a new party wasn’t as important as ending 40 years of one mindset that had forgotten the people and that had failed to act urgently to develop new strategic plans to prevent crime while also ensuring that each prosecution is smart, moral, and just.

We have followed through on our promises. We have built the first-ever violent crimes unit, increased prosecutors in our domestic violence division, and vastly upgraded our cyber lab. Now, we have top-notch software and personnel to finally keep up with those who would exploit others.

We have been awarded a large federal grant to bring the first ever Human Trafficking Task Force to Lake County. We have deepened our investment in people by bringing in more victim specialists and raising the salaries of many of our prosecutors.

But the work goes on. We must expand our prevention efforts that are starting with the Gun Violence Prevention Initiative launched in 2022. And we know that the opioid crisis touches thousands of lives throughout this country.

I am proud to serve on the Executive Board of the Lake County Opioid Initiative which has been working tirelessly since its founding in 2012 to reverse a devastating trend of increased overdoses. In 2022, our office was part of a national settlement against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

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