Easter weekend one of Chicago’s most violent of the year


The Easter holiday was one of the most violent weekends of the year in Chicago, with about half of the 45 victims shot over six hours late Saturday to early Sunday, according to data collected by the Tribune.

The shootings occurred across the city, from a party at a Lakeview apartment on the North Side to down the street from a CTA station on the South Side.  Two of the shootings were fatal.

The weekend was the most violent in the city since New Year’s weekend, when 55 people were shot, five of them fatally, according to Tribune data.

Still, Chicago continues to see a slight decrease in the number of homicides and shootings compared with last year.

At least 915 people have been shot this year compared with 955 people shot this time last year, according to the data.  There have been at least 166 homicides this year, down five from 171 this time last year.

One of the fatal shootings over this past weekend occurred around 2:40 a.m. Monday near the Garfield Red Line station, police said.

A 33-year-old man was arguing with another person on the platform in the 200 block of West Garfield Boulevard when a CTA worker told them to leave, police said.  As they walked away from the station, the other man pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the head and chest, police said.

Authorities previously said the shooting happened at the station.

The second fatal shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the Douglas Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said.

Tywan Anderson, 23, was shot in the head and back in the 1300 block of South Fairfield Avenue, half a block north of Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. A 19-year-old man was shot in the hand and also taken to Mount Sinai.

Anderson was among 21 people shot over a six-hour stretch between 9:20 p.m. Saturday to 3:10 a.m. Sunday, according to police.

They included the weekend’s youngest victim, a 14-year-old boy, who was shot in the right arm in the 1100 block of West 18th Street in the Pilsen neighborhood, police said.

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