Bloody Chicago, 2 dead, 17 others wounded in shootings on Friday


They were among the 19 people who were wounded, including two fatally, since Friday afternoon in separate city shootings. The wounded also included a school bus driver who was grazed by a bullet Friday.

Outside the building where the triple shooting took place Sukeem Smith and others watched as officers searched the first floor of the building.

The party was meant to celebrate the birthdays of a few people, Smith said.

“Everybody was cool with each other,” he said.

At some point, Smith said the crowd began to move as people tried to get out. That prompted him to jump off the first-floor back balcony. He heard gunshots as he hid under the porch. He made his way to the front of the home, and he later made it down to the street.

“I kept it moving,” he said.

Earlier Saturday, a 35-year-old man died after he was shot in the buttocks in the 7900 block of South Champlain Avenue in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. The shooting happened about 12:55 a.m. Officers guarded a dark-colored sedan that was partially on the sidewalk facing the roadway.

The 35-year-old man was pronounced dead early Saturday at Stroger Hospital.

In a separate shooting just before 12:30 a.m., a 17-year-old girl was fatally shot in the back of the head on the South Side, police said.

The teen was in the back seat of a vehicle when an unknown man who was on the sidewalk in the 4500 block of South Wood Street began shooting at the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at 12:52 a.m. at Holy Cross Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The white Toyota the girl had been in was stopped near the intersection of 47th Street and Honore Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, which is less than a half-mile from where the shooting took place. The rear window had been shot out.

A woman stood outside the vehicle, and the left side of her jeans and sweater were stained with blood.

Two men sat on the ground and leaned against a fence within the area officers had taped off.

The shooting was one of four that took place Friday afternoon and early Saturday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side.

Less than an hour earlier at 11:45 p.m., two men were wounded in the 4800 block of South Elizabeth Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

The men were inside a vehicle when an unknown person began shooting at them. A 35-year-old man was shot in the left ankle and abdomen, and a 57-year-old man was shot in the ankle. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital. The older man’s condition was stabilized, and the younger man was listed in guarded condition.

Friday afternoon, the Chicago Fire Department took a 31-year-old man with a possible graze wound to Mount Sinai Hospital from the 4300 block of West Jackson Boulevard following a shooting, a spokesman said. The man’s condition was stabilized, the spokesman said.

The victim was driving a school bus when he suffered a graze wound from a bullet when someone outside the bus fired shots at 5:33 p.m., said Officer Michelle Tannehill, a police spokeswoman. No other injuries were reported, she said.

The driver “will thankfully be OK,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a tweet. He “suffered non-life threatening injuries graze/broken glass wounds.”

Stephen Holte, director of development for Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School, said the bus was en route from downtown as part of transportation the school provides for its corporate work study program.

The bus driver, contracted through Sadies Transportation Services Inc., was hit while the bus was still moving. The bus does not stop in the neighborhood where the shooting took place.

“We don’t know where the bullet came from or if it was directed at the bus or if it was a stray,” Holte said.

None of the students was injured, and several administrators and security went to the site, Holte said. Buses were also sent to pick up the students on the bus.

“Definitely our thoughts and prayers are with the driver,” Holte said. “We have counseling resources here at school for our students in dealing with the incident.”
Holte said later that there were 32 students, one chaperon and the driver on the bus. All the students were juniors.

Neighbors said they heard dozens of shots on the normally quiet block. Shawnetta Murry, 45, said mostly elderly people live there, and in the 20 years she has lived there, she has not seen this type of violence.

“You might hear a car accident but as far as something like this, not on this block,” Murry said.

Murry’s daughter Destini Small, 16, who is a junior at Christ the King, said she was devastated to hear the news. She said she has been trying to get in touch with her best friend to see if she was on the bus.

“I see these people every day at school, and they could have been hurt,” Small said. “Like when he got hit in the face, he could have crashed into another car. Anything could have happened.”

Small said that everyone at Christ the King is a part of the work study program and that she is worried about using the bus at school.

“I’m like, livid,” Murry said. “Our kids shouldn’t have to be put through this. If it were any other neighborhood they wouldn’t be subjected to this.

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