Bloody Chicago, 2 Dead, 10 Wounded in Shootings on Thursday

(Chicago Tribune) A 77-year-old man and a teen boy were killed in separate attacks, and 10 other people who were wounded during an eight-hour period Thursday.

The 17-year-old boy was shot dead about 11:15 p.m. Thursday in the South Austin neighborhood, police said.

More than 30 evidence markers were placed in the intersection of Mason Avenue and Thomas Street.

About 4:45 p.m. in the West Englewood neighborhood, several people pulled up in a light-colored sedan in the 6800 block of South Hermitage Avenue and fired shots. The 77-year-old man died after a gunman aimed at a 19-year-old sitting on a nearby curb. One of the rounds hit him in the head and he died at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Family gathered for a few minutes at the scene but went home, a few blocks away, to grieve with his surviving wife. Only the man was hit. The intended target of the attack escaped unscathed.

Shooting near Millennium Park

Downtown about four hours later, on the northeast corner of Monroe Street and Michigan Avenue, a 21-year-old man was shot about 8:25 p.m., according to a police media notification.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was stabilized. The man was not cooperating with investigators.

Droves of people meandered past a string of crime scene tape where two evidence markers sat over top shell casings only a few feet away from away from a phone charger.

Shell casings and cord lay a few feet in front of the doorway to a luggage shop, which was closed. None of the storefront windows appeared to be damaged.

Passerbys lamented at the apparent act of violence happening so close to Millennium Park. Some who were nearby at the time of the shooting said they heard two loud pops, which most thought were fireworks.

“This is like something off of Law & Order,” one woman said as she gawked at the scene before crossing Michigan.

“Welcome to Chicago,” Another passerby said.

Around the corner, just north of Monroe and Wabash, police blocked off the sidewalk in front a government building that houses the Cook County Child Support Office and a restaurant next door. Inside the cordoned off area, two wash cloths and a syringe sat next to a garden box.

The School of Art Institute sent emails informing people that there was a shooting on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Street. The victim walked away from the crime scene and collapsed on Wabash Avenue.

In other shootings:

• In South Austin about 11:05 p.m., a 25-year-old was shot in the right buttocks when a man standing across from him in the 5300 block of West Adams Street opened fire, police said. His condition was stabilized at Stroger Hospital.

• Three people were shot about 10:30 p.m. in the 900 block of North Homan Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said. The victims were standing on the corner when several men approached and began firing at them. A 27-year-old man was shot in the right leg, and his condition was stabilized at Mount Sinai Hospital. A 24-year-old man was shot in the back, and a 34-year-old man was shot in the groin. Both of their conditions were stabilized at Stroger Hospital.

• About 10:20 p.m., a 32-year-old man was shot in front of a group of two-story homes in the 8800 block of South Wallace Street in the Gresham neighborhood. He was wounded in the right buttocks, and his condition was stabilized at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

• In Belmont Gardens, a 23-year-old man was shot in the groin while he was in the 4100 block of West Wellington Avenue, police said. The shooter was inside a vehicle that approached and opened fire. He was taken in critical condition to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

• About the same time as the Hermitage shooting, a 53-year-old man was wounded in the Park Manor neighborhood near 71st and State streets about 4:45 p.m. The victim was shot in the left arm and thigh, and was taken to Stroger Hospital where his condition was stabilized, police said.

• Another person was shot about 4:05 p.m. in the 3300 block of North Ridgeway Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood. According to preliminary reports, someone in a light colored sedan opened fire at an 18-year-old man, striking him in the right arm and armpit. The man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition was stailized.

• About 3:15 p.m. , a 23-year-old man was shot while standing on his back porch in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side. The man told police he was standing on a rear porch in the 6900 block of South King Drive when two people opened fire in his direction, police said. The man was hit in the left shoulder and upper back. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

No one was in custody for any of the shootings and police were investigating.

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