Bloody Chicago, 2 Dead, 23 Wounded in Shootings on Saturday

Two people were shot dead and 23 others were wounded across the city during 18 hours from Saturday to Sunday, which includes two separate quadruple shootings that took place on the West Side, according to police.

Within a 40-minute period early Sunday, six of those people were shot. Among those who were wounded during that period was a 25-year-old woman who was shot dead in the Gold Coast neighborhood early Sunday, according to police.

About 2:40 a.m. Sunday, the woman was standing with someone she knew in the 500 block of East Ohio Street when someone fired shots toward them, striking her in the head, police said. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police had originally reported that the shooting took place in the 600 block of North Lake Shore Drive.

A 32-year-old man was shot in the right arm and right leg. His family drove him to Stroger Hospital for treatment.

A 36-year-old woman was shot on the right side of her body and also was taken to Stroger. A third victim, 36, also was shot on his right side and was taken to Rush University Medical Center. None of the three victims’ conditions was available.

Rifle casings were visible at both shooting scenes, marking the latest instance of the weapon being used in city violence.

In February, the Tribune reported that gangs in Back of the Yards and Brighton Park were increasingly using rifles. Police said that was the only area of the city where rifles styled after AR-15s and AK-47s were regularly used, a menacing new development in the gang fights.

At the time, there were more than 30 shootings believed to have been tied to semi-automatic rifles in Back of the Yards and neighboring Brighton Park over the previous nine months. At least 46 people were shot in those attacks, 13 fatally.

Police suspected the rifles were being passed around by members of four rival Hispanic gangs in the area — La Raza, the Almighty Saints, Satan Disciples and Gangster Two-Six.

Since February, several more people have been shot by rifles in that area. Among them were two Chicago police officers, shot and wounded in early May at 43rd Street and Ashland Avenue in Back of the Yards. A reputed member of La Raza has been charged in the shooting.

About a week later, 10 people were shot, two of them fatally, in another rifle shooting near 46th Place and Rockwell Street in Brighton Park.

Quadruple shootings

Four people were shot about 2:05 a.m. Sunday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said. The group was standing in the 3300 block of West Crystal Street when two people opened fire from a nearby corner. A 25-year-old man was shot in the right shoulder, and his condition was stabilized at Stroger Hospital.

A 26-year-old woman was shot in the right leg, a 26-year-old woman was struck in the left shoulder and a 27-year-old man was shot in the chest. All three took themselves to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where their conditions were stabilized.

In South Austin about 4:40 p.m. Saturday, four people were wounded in the first block of Latrobe Avenue. A 21-year-old man was shot in the chest and taken in critical condition to Loretto Hospital.

A 20-year-old woman suffered wounds to the back and chest and was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital.

A third victim, 21, was shot in the left leg, and a 24-year-old man was shot in the leg. Those two victims also were taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized, police said.

Other shootings:

Just before 5 a.m., a 17-year-old girl was critically injured and another man was wounded in a shooting in the 3500 block of West Huron Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. They were in the rear of an apartment building when shooters opened fire. The girl was shot in the back of the head, and a 30-year-old man was shot in the upper right leg. Both were taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital.

A 58-year-old man who was shot in the Fernwood neighborhood crashed on a Dan Ryan ramp as he tried to get himself to a hospital, police said. About 2 a.m. Sunday, the man was shot in the left hand and both legs. He told police that he was on his way to a hospital when he crashed his car on the Dan Ryan ramp near 111th Street. His condition was stabilized at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Police did not release details about how the shooting happened.

About 11:45 p.m. Saturday, a 25-year-old man was shot in the right arm during a robbery in the 600 block of East 77th Street in the Chatham neighborhood, police said. He was walking in an alley when another man, armed with a gun, approached and announced a robbery. The 25-year-old man was shot as the two men struggled to gain control of the gun. His condition was stabilized at Stroger Hospital.

About 7:20 p.m. Saturday, two men were shot in the Logan Square neighborhood in the 3000 block of West Wabansia Avenue. They were inside a car when they began arguing with men who were walking, when one of the men opened fire at the car. An 18-year-old man was wounded in the right leg. Another man, 19, was shot in the right arm. Their conditions were stabilized at Stroger.

Shortly before 6 p.m., two victims were shot in the South Austin neighborhood in the 5200 block of West Chicago Avenue, police said. A light-colored sedan pulled up and someone fired shots. A 16-year-old girl suffered a wound to the left thigh and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where her condition was stabilized. A 19-year-old man also was shot in the thigh and was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, police said.

Shortly after 4:15 p.m., two teenage boys were wounded in the Englewood neighborhood in the 5500 block of South Shields Avenue. The teens were standing outside when the shooter approached, opened fire and then took off in a silver car. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head, and he was in critical condition at Stroger Hospital. A 16-year-old boy was taken by relatives to Comer Children’s Hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to his left leg. The older boy’s condition was stabilized.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., a 31-year-old man was wounded in the 6300 block of South Drexel Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood. He was shot in the back, and he was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.

Saturday morning, authorities were searching for the shooter responsible for wounding a man in a Humboldt Park neighborhood attack. In the 3700 block of West Chicago Avenue about 11 a.m., a 29-year-old man was shot in the back and left arm, according to Chicago police. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in good condition, officials said.

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  1 comment for “Bloody Chicago, 2 Dead, 23 Wounded in Shootings on Saturday

  1. Sharon Abbott
    June 18, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Dear Maggio,
    Thanks for keeping us posted as to what’s going on with the gang violence in Chicago. It concerns me and I want to be up-to-date with the news in the communities.. You give more complete information than some of the local news on this topic. I appreciate your relentless hard work and courage. Please do not get discouraged by what you report. There are some fine churches and community organizations trying to make a difference to decrease gun violence in Chicago. It takes time, perseverance, and a lot of faith, however, I have hope that things can change. Please come and visit any of the Pray Chicago events when you have time. I want you to know, more than anything, that the church is never giving up; we are in prayer and as a body of believers, doing more vigils and outreach. What is impossible for man to change IS possible with God. Ninevah repented of it’s violence,and so can Chicago.

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