Officials in Chicago reported another untoward incident on Thanksgiving weekend, which left 37 injured and nine dead. The mass shooting ensued at 5 p.m. shortly after another deadly shooting occurred early on Friday morning.

The first fatal incident occurred at 12:29 a.m. Friday in the 1500 block of West 79th Street in Auburn Gresham. Cops maintained that Deshawn Lemont Jones, a 30-year-old man, was standing in an alley when the shooting began, and he was pronounced dead at University of Chicago Medical Center after succumbing to a gunshot wound in his head. with a gunshot wound to the head.

Soon after, another fatal shooting was reported at 1.25 a.m. in the 3700 block of West Chicago Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Preston L. Kennedy, an unsuspecting 23-year-old man was awaiting his turn at a gas station when a miscreant fired shots from a black sedan and sped away. The man, who was shot in the chest, was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

At 3:38 p.m. on the same day, an attack on a 25-year-old man was reported in the 2900 block of West Fulton Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, who later died at Stronger Hospital of Cook County after someone inside a vehicle fired multiple shots at him. The cops are yet to unravel the reason that led up to the fateful incident.

Sunday recorded a ghastly shooting as well, in West Garfield Park.  A 14-year-old boy was among those injured in the shooting, and was inflicted with wounds on his wrist but managed to reach Stronger Hospital to get treated. He was accompanied by another 21-year-old victim who was shot in the leg.

Chicago grapples under the COVID-19 outbreak alongside homicides that crossed the 700 mark early this year. Furthermore, police statistics have revealed a 53% uptick in shootings and hate crimes this year, as compared to the last year.

In April, one of the goals of the city’s police force was to keep the number of homicides below 300, NBC Chicago reported.

chicago police protest Demonstrators stop traffic on November 27, 2015 to protest the death of Laquan McDonald, 17, who was fatally shot by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014. On Monday, NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks was arrested in a similar, daytime protest. REUTERS/Andrew Nelles