Bloody Chicago, 10 Wounded in Shootings on Friday

(Chicago Tribune) After a 15-year-old boy was grazed in the head in a shooting early Saturday, a man stood near the ambulance and suggested officials throw holy water on the Roseland block.

“This block has death on it,” he said. “They need to put holy water on it.”

The 15-year-old boy had been walking about 2 a.m. Saturday in the 11400 block of South Harvard Avenue when someone inside a dark-colored car shot at him, grazing him in the head. His condition was stabilized at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

The man stood near 114th Street and Stewart Avenue where the ambulance had picked up the boy, which was across the street from a playground for Alex Haley Academy. The man walked over to see if he knew who had been wounded, but he didn’t know the teen.

His own son, Lee McCullum III, was shot dead last year less than 7 miles from Saturday’s shooting. Before his son was killed, he had been featured in the CNN documentary series “Chicagoland.”

His slain son’s girlfriend, Tiara Parks, was killed in 2016 near the intersection where he stood early Saturday. He said he knows one other person who was also killed on the same block.

“You hear gunshots all the time,” he said. “You always hear gunshots.”

The teen was among 10 people who were wounded in separate shootings during a 14-hour period from Friday afternoon to early Saturday.

About 3:40 a.m. Saturday, a 34-year-old man was shot in the right leg while he was walking in the 9300 block of South LaSalle Street in the Princeton Park neighborhood, police said. Two armed men shot at him, striking him in the leg. His condition was stabilized at Little Company of Mary Hospital.

In North Austin, a 19-year-old woman was wounded in a drive-by shooting about 12:50 a.m. Saturday in the 5000 block of West Division Street, police said. She was standing on the porch of a home when someone inside a passing silver sedan shot toward her. She was shot twice in the left leg, and her condition was stabilized at Stroger Hospital.

Two men, 34 and 36, were shot during a fight with other men about 11:40 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of North Latrobe Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood, police said. The older man was shot in the right calf, and his condition was stabilized at West Suburban Medical Center. The 34-year-old was wounded in the leg, and his condition was stabilized at an area hospital.

A 25-year-old man was shot in the 7500 block of South Calumet Avenue about 8:15 p.m., police said. The victim was on a sidewalk when an assailant approached on foot and fired shots, hitting him in the right calf, police said. He was taken to Jackson Park Hospital where he was listed in good condition.

An 18-year-old man was shot in the leg about 8 p.m. in the 4000 block of South Kedzie Avenue in the city’s Brighton Park neighborhood, police said. Earlier, police said the victim was female. The 18-year-old was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital but his condition was not immediately known, police said.

About 7:50 p.m., a 19-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the left ankle while he was in the 2200 block of North Karlov Avenue in the Hermosa neighborhood, police said. His condition was stabilized at Stroger Hospital.

Around 7:15 p.m., a 20-year-old man was shot and seriously wounded in the 6100 block of King Drive in the Washington Park neighborhood, police said. The 20-year-old was in a parked vehicle when a gunman approached on foot and opened fire. The victim was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was listed in serious condition, police said. The shooter fled.

A 28-year-old was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn after being shot about 2:20 p.m. in the 5300 block of West Gladys Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood. Police did not know his condition.

Police did not report any arrests in any of the attacks.

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