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Summer violence continues into October in Chicago: 46 shot over weekend

University of Illinois students attend a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Sunday's shootings and death of George Korchev of Mundelein, Ill., at the school campus in Urbana, Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (Robin Scholz / AP)
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CHICAGO – Five people were killed in shootings across Chicago over the weekend, including a 17-year-old girl in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and a man just outside a station on the CTA Pink Line.

From Friday afternoon to early Monday, at least 46 people were shot in the city as the summer’s violence continued into October. As of Monday, at least 3,200 people have been shot in Chicago this year, 930 more than this time a year ago.

There have been at least 568 homicides this year, 172 more than this time last year, according to data kept by the Tribune.

As has been the case all summer, the overwhelming majority of attacks this past weekend occurred on the South and West sides. Only one person was shot north of Division Street, and that was the weekend’s first shooting Friday afternoon: A 23-year-old man wounded in the 5300 block of West Diversey Avenue.

Early Saturday, at least four people were shot when someone opened fire at a party in Englewood, police said. Three men were taken to hospitals after the house party in the 6800 block of South Emerald Avenue.

Later, a fourth man, 32, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital by friends with a gunshot wound to the arm. He initially told investigators he had been shot elsewhere in the city but later admitted he had been shot at the Emerald Avenue party, a law enforcement source said.

Sometime later, a 26-year-old man got to St. Bernard Hospital with a gunshot wound and said he had been shot in the 7100 block of South Vincennes Avenue. But police suspect he may also have been shot on Emerald Avenue, according to preliminary information from the law enforcement source.

Witnesses at the party were being uncooperative with investigators, sources said.

A 17-year-old girl was killed in Back of the Yards early Saturday, less than an hour after two men were wounded in a separate shooting in the same neighborhood. The girl was in a white Toyota in the 4500 block of South Wood Street when someone began shooting at the vehicle from the sidewalk. She was hit in the back of the head and pronounced dead at Holy Cross Hospital.

Early Sunday, a 20-year-old man was shot dead outside the California Pink Line CTA station, police said. Officers responding to a call of a fight by the station, in the 2000 block of South California Avenue, found two gunshot victims: the 20-year-old man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 24-year-old man who had been shot in the buttocks. The surviving victim’s condition was stabilized.

Two were killed and 17 others wounded from 3 p.m. Friday to early Saturday; 19 people were shot from Saturday morning to Sunday morning; and eight people were shot, three fatally, from Sunday morning to Monday morning.