1 Dead, 10 Wounded in Shootings in Chicago on Thursday

(Chicago Tribune) Over eight hours in Chicago, people were shot on a CTA train in the Loop, on the Dan Ryan Expressway on the South Side and on a playground near a grade school in Bronzeville.

There were six other shootings across the city during that violent stretch Thursday into early Friday, for a toll of one dead and 10 wounded.

The homicide occurred around 12:45 a.m. Friday when a 24-year-old man was shot twice in the chest in the Jackson Park Highlands neighborhood on the South Side, police said. He was on the sidewalk in the 6800 block of South Jeffery Boulevard when two men came up and one of them fired shots. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead.

A basketball cap and a cellphone were left lying on the sidewalk next to drops of blood. A bullet hit the gas meter at a nearby home, prompting Peoples Gas to switch it out and show it to a detective. The man who lived there said he was doing laundry and heard about eight gunshots.

On the Dan Ryan Expressway, Illinois state police troopers searched the outbound lanes between 55th Street and 63rd Street for about four hours early Friday after someone was shot around 2:20 a.m., according to a spokeswoman.

The victim, a male, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

Earlier, a 19-year-old man was shot in the left leg in a playground inside the Dearborn Homes housing development on the South Side, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

The man said he was walking through the playground in the 2700 block of South State Street, which borders Drake Elementary School, when three men came up and started shooting about 11:10 p.m. Thursday.

Officers searched the playground equipment to see if any bullets remained lodged in the plastic. They found one stuck in the roof of a slide and another in a pole holding up the play set. A detective banged the base of the slide to shake one loose. Officers remarked it was lucky no children were outside playing at the time.

Chicago Housing Authority police searched bushes surroundings the complex for a weapon that may have been discarded. In May, a 16-year-old boy was shot dead in the entrance way of the building in front of the park.

A shooting downtown on a Red Line train marked the beginning of the violent eight-hour period.

A 24-year-old man was shot on the train while it was stopped at the Jackson station just before 7:50 p.m. Thursday, police said, A gunman was apparently waiting for the man and fired into the train, hitting him in the ankle and left arm. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

The attack set off panic among other train passengers, who sought cover.

Other shootings

• Just after 3:20 a.m. Friday, a 31-year-old man was shot multiple times while riding his bike in the Galewood neighborhood on the Northwest Side, police said. Two people came up in the 2000 block of North Newland Avenue and began arguing before one took out a gun and shot the man. The 31-year-old was taken in fair condition to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood with three gunshot wounds to the shoulder and one to the hip, police said.

• A 21-year-old man was shot in the abdomen in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side about 2:25 a.m., police said. The man was walking down the street in the 3900 block of West Thomas Street when someone in a passing dark-colored vehicle opened the car door and started shooting. The man was taken to Norwegian American Hospital and transferred to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

• On the South Side, a 31-year-old man was shot in the right arm in the East Chatham neighborhood about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. Officers found him in the 7900 block of South Drexel Avenue after responding to a call of a person shot. The man was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized, but he was not cooperating with detectives.

• About 9:20 p.m., three people were shot in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said. They were wounded in a possible drive-by shooting in the 4800 block of West Ferdinand Street, but further information was not immediately known. A 29-year-old was shot in the right foot and taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where the patient’s condition was stabilized. A 24-year-old was shot in the right leg and taken to Stroger Hospital, where the patient’s condition was stabilized. A 28-year-old man was shot in the hip and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition.

• A 23-year-old man was shot in the left leg in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side about 9:15 p.m., police said. He was walking in the 2300 block of South Rockwell Street when he heard gunfire and realized he was hit. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

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