Chicago Drive-by Mass Shooting Latest: 2 Men Killed, 5 Injured

A drive-by shooting in south side Chicago in the early hours of Sunday morning has left two men dead.

A further five people were injured at around 2am when at least one shooter inside a silver Ford vehicle fired bullets at a group of people standing outside the Reynold's Lounge bar, the Chicago Sun Times reported, citing police.

The crowd was gathered outside the venue at 938 E. 75th Street after a fight had broken out inside.

A 39-year-old man was shot in the chest and back, while a 36-year-old man suffered bullet wounds in his neck and chest. The victims were taken to University of Chicago Medical Center in critical conditions, where they were produced dead.

Another 36-year-old victim, who was shot in the back, was in a critical condition at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Police said an 18 year, who was shot in the shoulder, transported himself to University of Chicago Medical center, and was doing well. Two women, aged 35 and 36, were also in a good condition. The former was shot in the foot, while the latter suffered a graze on her foot. A 33-year-old woman sustained an arm graze, but refused medical assistant.

Officers have not made any arrests, and it was unclear what motivated the shooter. Those responsible are at large, WGN9 reported. Officers with semi-automatic weapons attended the scene.

Video footage of the aftermath shown by WGN9 depicted a woman who had been shot in the foot on the floor outside the bar. She had blood on her pants, the broadcaster reported.

Chicago Police Department were called to four other shootings in the city within the space of half an hour on Saturday night, according to the Chicago Sun Times. The violent incidents come after last weekend broke a 2019 record in the city, as police received no reports of fatal shootings.

On Friday, Chicago Police Department revealed the city had witnessed a 10 year low in January homicides, and a two decade low in robberies, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts.

In January 2019, 20 homicides were carried out: the lowest for the month in nine years. January 2010 saw Chicago's lowest number of murders at 19.

The number of shootings has also fallen annually for the past three years to 100, dropping from 206 in January 2016.

All crimes had fallen by nine percent in January when compared with the same month last year. Robberies, for instance, were down by 58 percent from 1,565 in 2000.

CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement: "Our officers have stood at the forefront of these ongoing reductions in murders, shootings, robberies, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts.

"Are we where we want to be? No. However these figures prove that community policing has considerable merit."

A Chicago Police Department patrol car escorts the is pictured on November 20, 2008. Chicago Police Department said two people were killed in a shooting on February 3, 2019. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images