With 102 people shot, including 14 who were killed, Father's Day weekend proved to be one of the most violent of the year for the city of Chicago. Five of the 14 dead were minors, including a 3-year-old who was killed when someone opened fire at his father as they were driving.
Shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, the 27-year-old father and the toddler were driving in their vehicle when a blue Honda pulled up behind them and fired multiple rounds into their black SUV. The father was grazed by bullets but his son, Mekay James, was struck in the back. Despite the efforts of doctors at the West Suburban Medical Center, the child was pronounced dead minutes after arriving.
In addition to James, 17-year-old Jasean Francis and a 16-year-old companion were shot to death in an alley by a male suspect. Separately, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg, chest, and abdomen as he walked through an alley with a friend. A 13-year-old girl was killed the same day walking home about 8:30 p.m. when an unknown gunman opened fire and she was struck in the neck.
🔦 The deadly weekend comes less than a month after Chicago recorded its most violent weekend in recent history with 24 people killed and more than 60 others shot in unrest largely attributed to the tension surrounding the death of George Floyd.