Chicago went nearly a week without fatal shootings — the first time in four years.
The streak ended Saturday when 22-year-old Antoine Watkins died from multiple gunshot wounds. Police found him lying facedown in a vacant parking lot in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide Sunday.
Chicago Police Department spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, said bringing down the city’s crime rate starts with working with the community.
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“Residents and business owners drive the safety of neighborhoods, and we are there to support them,” he told The Chicago Tribune. “The credit goes to our community partners.”
The last recorded homicide before Watkins’ death was on Feb. 26 when 26-year-old James Morris was fatally shot in a parked minivan in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Other incidents involved a gunman shooting two men before 7 a.m. Sunday.
One of the men, a 51-year-old, was shot twice in the left thigh, and the other, who was 55, was shot in the left calf. They were taken to a hospital in stable conditions, police said, the Tribune reported.
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A 37-year-old man was shot in the foot at around 1:50 p.m. in Avalon Park but managed to go to the hospital where he was reported to be in good condition, and a 19-year-old man was shot in the neck at about 4:30 p.m. in West Garfield Park, police said.
Those shootings and others remain under investigation, police said.
So far, there have been more than 100 homicides in Chicago this year, according to the Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.
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