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4 people killed, 4 others injured in Chicago shooting, police say

An argument in a house on Chicago’s South Side early Tuesday escalated into gunfire that left four people dead and four other people injured, police said.

The shooting happened at 5:45 a.m. in the Englewood neighborhood, police said. No one has been arrested and police had few details about the victims, but it appeared that all were adults.

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Police Superintendent David Brown said three of the victims who died were female and one was male. The department earlier reported that all four were female.

Detectives were still trying to determine whether there was more than one gunman and to find witnesses, police spokesman Tom Ahern said. A 2-year-old child was removed safely from the house and placed in protective custody, he said.

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Authorities did not immediately release the identities and ages of the four who died.

The four injured included two men who were shot in the back of the head. Police were unable to provide information on their conditions. A 23-year-old man who was shot in the back and a woman who suffered an unspecified gunshot wound were both in critical condition, police said.

Brown said detectives have not had a chance to interview the four surviving victims, who were being treated at hospitals. But he said a witness told police about hearing gunshots about 2 a.m. and that the department’s ShotSpotter gunfire detection system picked up the sound of gunfire at that time. Brown did not provide any details about whether that gunfire was related to the shooting at the house. The witness told police more gunshots rang out about 5:45 a.m.

Brown also said the police received several calls about disturbances at the residence where the bodies were found, but did not elaborate. He said a high-capacity magazine and shell casings were recovered from the scene and that there was no apparent forced entry into the house.

The shooting comes a few days after a woman was killed and nine other people were injured when two men opened fire on a group standing on a sidewalk in Chatham, also on the South Side. Police said no arrests have been made in that shooting, which was among mass shootings in three states over the weekend that stoked concerns that a spike in U.S. gun violence could continue into summer as coronavirus restrictions ease and more people are free to socialize.

A database compiled by the Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University that tracks mass killings — defined as four or more dead, not including the perpetrator — shows Tuesday’s shooting in Chicago to be the 18th mass killing so far this year in the U.S. Of the 18 mass killings, 17 were shootings.

Englewood has long been one of the most violent communities in Chicago. The city has experienced more homicides this year compared with the same period last year. There were 282 homicides in Chicago as of June 13, compared with 269 for the same period last year.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told reporters that the city needs federal support to help combat violence and said the White House had reached out to offer assistance Tuesday morning.

“We must acknowledge this for what it is — a tragedy that’s ripped apart families and inflicted intense trauma,” Lightfoot said.


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