4 dead, 30 wounded in Labor Day weekend shootings in Chicago

Four men were killed and at least 30 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago between late Friday and Monday afternoon of the city’s Labor Day weekend.

The four deaths were the latest casualties of Chicago’s gun violence that has taken the lives of at least 435 people since the start of the year, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

The holiday weekend’s latest killing happened about 10:40 p.m. Sunday when 26-year-old Felipe Batista Jr. was killed and another man was wounded in a Belmont Central neighborhood shooting on the Northwest Side, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Batista and the 29-year-old man were standing on the sidewalk in the 5900 block of West Belden when another male walked up and opened fire. Batista, who lived a block away, was shot in the torso and pronounced dead at the scene. The other man was shot in the abdomen and taken in critical condition to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

About two hours earlier, 20-year-old Jeremy Tang was found shot in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the Far South Side, authorities said. Tang, who lived in the Beverly neighborhood, was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest about 8:40 p.m. in the driver’s side of a vehicle in the 800-block of West 102nd Street. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died.

At 5:02 a.m. Saturday, another man was found shot to death in the West Side Austin neighborhood, authorities said. He was found lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head in the 1000 block of North Waller. The man, whose age was unknown, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner’s office has not released his name, pending notification of his family.

About four hours earlier, a man was shot to death and three other people were wounded in a Gresham neighborhood attack on the South Side. James McChristian, 26, was with another man and two women, sitting on the front porch of a house about 1:20 a.m. in the 8300-block of South Hermitage when three people got out of a white car parked behind the house, walked up to them and opened fire, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

McChristian, who lived nearby, was shot in the chest and abdomen and was pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center less than an hour later, authorities said. The other man, 23, was shot in the shoulder and was listed in good condition at Christ Medical Center. A 25-year-old woman was also taken to Christ and stabilized with gunshot wounds to the arm and abdomen. Another woman, 23, was shot in the leg and was listed in good condition at Christ.

The weekend’s latest nonfatal shooting happened Monday afternoon in the South Chicago neighborhood. About 10:45 a.m., two males were arguing in an alley in the 8200 block of South Clyde when another male got out of a vehicle and fired a shot, police said. The 39-year-old man was shot in the foot and later took himself to Mercy Hospital, where he was in good condition.

At least 25 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city between 11 p.m. Friday and 4:30 a.m. Monday.

Seven people were killed and at least 25 others were wounded in shootings last weekend.

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