CHICAGO (CBS) – Two people have been killed in Chicago this weekend, in shootings since Friday evening.
Meantime dozens of African-American and Latino ministers gathered in the Little Village neighborhood on Saturday to lead a march against the violence in their communities.
CBS 2′s Courtney Gousman has a look at what they’re doing.
Shots rang out just before 1 p.m., at Davis Square Park, at 44th Street and Marshfield Avenue. Three people were shot, leaving one dead.
A 27-year-old man, who was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County after the shooting, was later pronounced dead.
Diana Cruz said the dead man was her brother, Hector Cruz.
“He got shot about 10 times on his chest,” she said.
A 16-year-old girl and her boyfriend took cover at the park when they heard the gunfire.
“Right when I heard the first gunshot, my boyfriend threw me towards the floor. That was our first reaction,” she said.
The other two victims – a 14-year-old boy, and a 15-year-old boy – were both listed in “stable” condition Saturday afternoon, police said.
In the other fatal shooting so far this weekend, 23-year-old Parrish Flournoy was shot and killed Friday night near 95th Street and Jeffrey Boulevard, in the Jeffrey Manor neighborhood.
It happened right in front of a Dollar Store on the 2100 block of East 95th Street. Police said Flournoy and another man got into an argument about Flournoy’s bike. That man took Flournoy’s bicycle and rode off, and when Flournoy chased him, the man shot him multiple times.
It was shootings like those that had ministers across Chicago taking action Saturday to try to curb the violence in Chicago.
In the Little Village neighborhood, ministers of several churches marched down 26th Street, presenting a united front between the Latino and African-American communities.
Rev. Luis Ruiz, pastor of Christian Assembly Rios de Agua Viva said, “In the spirit of God, we’re all one, and we want to promote that. We want the shooting and the killing to stop.”
Rev. Paul Jakes, pastor of New Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church, said, “There have been over 400 killings … from the beginning of the year, up to September; and we feel that it’s a time that we cannot wait in order to elevate and escalate a mandate for peace in Chicago.”
Also trying to reach out was a group of ministers known as “Interfaith Illinois.” They held a number of seminars citywide to help point out resources to residents and keep them from turning to crime.
Bishop Reginald Saffo said, “Once we empower the family, bring some hope to the home; that will help address a lot of the issues.”
In both fatal shootings, police said no suspects were in custody as of Saturday evening.