Bloody Chicago, 2 Dead, Wounded in Shootings across the City

(Chicago Tribune) Thirteen people were shot, two fatally, during separate attacks since Thursday afternoon, which includes a shooting that wounded five people, according to police.

An 18-year-old man was among five people who were standing in the 2000 block of East 71st Street in the South Shore neighborhood just before 10:40 p.m. when someone inside a tan-colored minivan opened fire.

The 18-year-old man was shot in the head. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A 19-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and the groin during the attack. He was in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Two 21-year-old men took themselves to Jackson Park Hospital where their conditions were stabilized after the shooting. One had been shot in the left leg and back, and the other 21-year-old man was hit in the buttocks.

A fifth man, another 18-year-old man, was shot in the left wrist. His condition was stabilized at Trinity Hospital.

Another fatal attack happened about 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Chicago and Lawndale avenues in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, according to a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.

The 19-year-old man was walking when a gunman who was also on foot shot him in the face, police said. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Fire Department personnel responded to assist police with a SWAT operation because someone apparently was holed up inside a building nearby in the 500 block of North Hamlin Avenue.

Police were led there after witnesses told officers a possible suspect in the homicide had retreated into that home, Chicago police Officer Michelle Tannehill said.

The SWAT operation was canceled about 7 p.m. after police, who were given consent to search the home, did not find anyone inside, Tannehill said.

CTA bus veers off road after shooting

Two people were shot and a third was hit by flying glass after a shooting in the Park Manor neighborhood that caused a CTA bus to veer off the road Thursday evening
The victims were on foot in the 600 block of East 71st Street about 7:15 p.m. when an assailant got out of a dark-colored SUV and fired, police said.

A 48-year-old woman was shot in the head, and a 40-year-old man was shot in the back. They were both taken Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition, police said.

A third victim, a 33-year-old woman, was hit by flying glass and suffered a laceration to her hand, police said. She was taken to Jackson Park hospital in good condition.

Officials did not immediately say how the 33-year-old woman was injured by the glass but as of about 9 p.m. a CTA 71st Street bus that had apparently tried to swerve away from the shooting remained at the scene after hopping a curb and traveling onto a sidewalk, where it appeared to have narrowly missed crashing into a black, wrought-iron fence.

A CTA employee at the scene said the westbound bus didn’t appear to be badly damaged in the shooting, but it struck the front bumper of a parked vehicle as it crossed over into the opposite lanes of traffic and jumped the curb.

The entire intersection of 71st Street and St. Lawrence Avenue had been cordoned off with red and yellow tape that kept several bystanders away from the scene and the nearly two dozen shell casings bunched at the northeast corner of the intersection.

After receiving a “hysterical” call that his 47-year-old mother-in-law was wounded in the shooting, Dwight Rogers, of Roseland, said he rushed to her home to check on children before walking to the scene in hopes of finding out what happened.

“I was surprised. I said, she had to be walking from the store, because she’s a gentle person, not into any of that,” he said. “Just wrong place wrong time,’’ Rogers said.
Triple shooting in Back of the Yards.

About 4:30 p.m., two women and a man were shot during an attack in the 5100 block of South Loomis Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, police said. Earlier, police said it happened in the 5100 block of South Elizabeth Street.

They were walking through an alley when someone in a red vehicle opened fire, hitting a 22-year-old woman in the back, a 24-year-old woman in the abdomen and a 25-year-old man in the chest, police said.

The 22-year-old’s condition was good while the conditions of the other two had been stabilized.

A Chicago police SUV was parked due south of 51st and Elizabeth streets, where a single evidence marker sat atop a shell casing.

A man, who declined to give his name, said he was sitting outside of his garage less than a block away when he heard a ruckus and poked his head down the alley to see the aftermath.

“I didn’t know it was shots until I saw people running and making commotion,” he said. “It’s kind of rough. They can’t seem to put a hold on this (violence).”

The man, who’s lived in the neighborhood since 1990, said he’s reached his breaking point with what he called the rampant gun violence, and Thursday’s shooting bolstered his decision to leave the city where he once laid roots.

“I’m gonna get up out of here,” he said, leaning forward in his folding chair. “I’m gonna leave here. I can’t stay. It ain’t changing. I sit out here all day and say, ‘You hear about the shooting and you never know when it’ll come right to your door.’ And there it is! I could’ve been out on my porch and got shot.”

The alley where the shooting happened runs between a religious ministry and a large community garden. However, the scene remained mostly silent about 6 p.m., and except for traffic noise from 51st Street, it was devoid of gawkers or bystanders.

“It’s a triple shooting, but it’s so quiet and empty,” said crisis responder Donovan Price, who was also there. “That’s because it’s not a big deal in Chicago, unfortunately.”
In other shootings:

— In the Humboldt Park neighborhood, a 19-year-old man was standing in the 800 block of North Springfield Avenue about 11:45 p.m. when someone shot him in the left leg, according to police. He took himself to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

— About 11:25 p.m., an 18-year-old man was shot in the left hand while he was in a parked car in the 2600 block of West Adams Street in the Near West Side neighborhood, police said. Someone inside a sedan pulled up next to the car and someone opened fire, striking him in the hand. He took himself to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

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