The Chicago Police Department said it was investigating several shootings that left at least four people dead and 43 wounded.
Supervisor Eddie Johnson said there were three separate shootings, in which at least 17 people were shot.
He said that the first accident happened at around 1 am when a group of people opened fire in Douglas Park from a Camaro.
Seven people were shot, including a 21-year-old man who was shot in the thigh and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.
“We have multiple types of projectiles from this particular incident and we believe that many of our victims returned fire, maybe four or five different people fired simultaneously,” Johnson said during a press conference.
He said that the second shooting took place around 2 a.m. several blocks away, resulting in the shooting of two women.
At around 3:40 am in Lundel, eight people were shot dead, among them Demetrius Flowers, 33, who died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Roberta Rakoff, vice president for external affairs at Mount Sinai Hospital, said that the number of firearms injuries he was working at Mount Sinai Hospital on Sunday morning, forcing him to walk “on the side road”, which means that he stopped accepting ambulances and diverting them to other hospitals.
Police found seven firearms at two locations, indicating that the officers were in the right spots to thwart the shooting, “but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to deter anyone from engaging in this kind of behavior,” Johnson said.
Police said that the incidents came in the wake of several shooting incidents in the city, which resulted in several injuries and the death of at least three people.
Johnson said he does not want to become a politician but that something needs to be done to stop gun violence in the country.
“You have to stop and ask yourself: What more will it take before we deal with what’s going on, not just in Chicago but across the country?” He said. “From police departments to court systems to prosecutors to lawmakers, we have to collaborate and discover more logical solutions to these problems because it is clear that many of our citizens are being shot and killed.
“We really have the ability to do something about it, I don’t know if we have the will to do it,” he said.