Four men and a woman were shot around 9:20 pm Tuesday near Garfield Park, possibly “by multiple criminals,” police said. They were rushed to hospitals in the area, where a 38-year-old man was in critical condition while the others were in good condition.
The shooting came about 16 hours after three women and a man were shot to death and four other people suffered gunshot wounds inside a home on the South Side.
Shermetria L. Williams, 19, of the suburb of Harvey, was among the dead, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday. The bureau on Tuesday identified another victim as Ratanya Aryiel Rogers, 28, of Chicago. The names of the other two will be released after closest relatives have been notified, the office said.
Police have not made any arrests for the shooting, nor have they made any arrests in the death of a 16-year-old boy who was shot Tuesday night in the city’s Gage Park neighborhood. Police said a gunman opened fire on him and a 20-year-old man who was seriously injured.
Those and other shootings added to a growing list of people who have been shot in the city and across the United States. Several mass shootings over the weekend stoked concerns about an increase in gun violence in the United States heading into the summer, as coronavirus restrictions ease and more people can freely socialize.
Chicago, which saw a dramatic increase in the number of homicides in 2020, is on track to dwarf that year’s total. Even before the latest shootings, according to police department statistics, there were 282 homicides as of Sunday compared to 269 for the same period in 2020.
A database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University that tracks mass murders, defined as four or more dead, not including the perpetrator, shows that Tuesday’s shooting in Chicago was the 18th mass murder, of of which 17 were shootings, so far this year in the US.