In the period beginning Friday at 6 p.m. and ending at midnight Sunday, the Chicago Police Department recorded 54 shooting incidents, statistics show.
Chicago police officer Ella French, 29, was killed and another officer was critically wounded Saturday during an exchange of gunfire with at least one suspect at a traffic stop in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.
Police Officer Ella French was among those shot and killed this past weekend in Chicago. (Chicago Police)
Chicago police Superintendent David Brown said a male passenger opened fire on police, and the officers returned fire.
The second officer, a male who’s worked for the department for the past six years, remained hospitalized in critical condition.
Other incidents that unfolded over the weekend included two shootings involving multiple victims, according to reports.
In one, a 24-year-old man opened fire after getting into a verbal argument with a 37-year-old man at a lounge in the city’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The older man died at a hospital after being struck twice in the neck and three times in the back, while the younger individual – who was struck eight times throughout the body – is in critical condition, the newspaper adds.
Five others at the same lounge reportedly were struck in that shooting as well.