Man shot, killed ahead of what could be a violent holiday weekend

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CHICAGO — This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in Chicago and as concerns grow about violence spiked by warmer weather, Chicago logs a fatal shooting.

A 19-year-old man was killed and a 26-year-old man was injured Wednesday in the 8000 block of South Emerald Avenue. Police said the men were sitting in a vehicle around 7 p.m. when gunmen pulled up in another vehicle and fired shots.

Both men were taken to the University of Chicago Hospital where the 19-year-old was pronounced dead. The 26-year-old was stabilized.

On Thursday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson will outline their plans to tackle violence this summer.

Earlier Wednesday, the Rev. Michael Pfleger went door to door asking for the community's help in reporting crime.

Also on Wednesday, students at Julian High School took a break from social media for a discussion and exercises about mental health, the effects of bullying and the devastating gun violence fueled by online posts.

Bob Jackson, the executive director of Roseland Ceasefire said taunting on social media has contributed to violence.

“Social media is definitely escalating the violence in the community,” he said.

Jackson said it’s a critical conversation to have heading into the Memorial Day weekend and the spike in shootings summer often brings.

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