4 Shot, 1 Killed in Gresham Porch Shooting

(Chicago Tribune) The woman bleeding from a gunshot wound to her thigh was holding her 3-year-old son on a porch in Gresham when Chicago police officers arrived.

A young police officer scooped up the boy and put him in a squad car so paramedics could tend to the injured mother, 23.

The boy was not hurt. Officers strapped the small child into a car seat. He let out loud, panicked sobs that could be heard from outside the car. Two officers then drove the boy 5 miles south to a comforting setting — his grandmother’s house.

“I can’t feel my leg, it’s numb,” the boy’s mother said on the phone while arranging the child’s drop-off.

The boy was sleeping in a car parked outside a home in the 8300 block of South Hermitage Avenue about 1:20 a.m. Saturday when at least two gunmen began shooting at the porch, where his mother and three others were sitting, police said. The mother retrieved the child from the car after the shots rang out.

The offenders parked a white sedan behind the home. Three men got out of the car, ran up a gangway and jumped over a fence before shooting. They ran from the scene.

The quadruple shooting killed a 26-year-old man, who was shot in the chest and stomach. It also wounded a 25-year-old woman in the arm and stomach and a 23-year-old man in the shoulder.

The attack was one of eight shootings that marked the beginning of the long Labor Day weekend, which saw a total of two people killed and 11 others wounded from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning, according to police.

As officers hung crime scene tape around the porch in Gresham, people who heard their relatives were shot ran up to the scene.

A woman, crying, sprinted toward an ambulance where one person was being treated inside. She was looking for her boyfriend, who was on the porch. Continue Reading

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