Bloody Chicago, 5 Dead, 10 Wounded in Shootings on Monday

(Chicago Tribune) Five people were killed, including a 15-year-old boy, and 10 people were wounded in city shootings from Monday to Tuesday morning, according to police.

The 15-year-old, who has not been identified, was gunned down while riding in a Chevy Trailblazer in the West Lawn neighborhood about 10:30 p.m. Monday. He was shot in the back and head when occupants in a white Dodge Charger opened fire in the 5900 block of South Pulaski Road.

Just 15 minutes earlier, a 38-year-old man was fatally shot multiple times in the head, back and arm in West Garfield Park. Officers found him sitting in a vehicle in the 4700 block of West Superior Street after responding to a call of shots fired. He was taken to West Suburban Hospital, where he was pronounced. An offender may have fled the scene in a white van, police said.

A man in his 20s was killed and another person wounded in a shooting in the Gresham neighborhood about 8:15 p.m. A man in his 20s was shot twice in the left leg and twice in the neck. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. A 39-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

A shooting in the Lawndale neighborhood left a 20-year-old man dead and injured two 17-year-olds.

Lawndale Shooting: ‘They took my baby away from me’

The teens, a boy and a girl, and the 20-year-old man identified by relatives as Bruce Crosby were in the 1500 block of South Kildare Avenue when they were shot about 2:20 p.m., police said.

Crosby was inside a vehicle with the 17-year-old girl when a dark-colored SUV pulled up and a gunman inside it opened fire striking them and a 17-year-old boy who was standing on a sidewalk, police said.

The 17-year-old boy was not the intended target, according to police.

The boy and man were both shot in the head and were taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, where the 20-year-old was later pronounced dead, police said.

The girl was shot in the abdomen and was in serious condition, also at Sinai, police said.

The attack happened near an elementary school.

In a block-long crime scene between 14th and 15th streets and Kildare Avenue, several mangled vehicles painted a picture of a shooting followed by several crashes.

At 1500 South Kildare, across the street from a convenience store, a black car apparently plowed through a stop sign and a white SUV struck a fire hydrant, causing water to cascade down the street.

Relatives identified the 20-year-old victim as Crosby, who lived a block away from the scene with family members. His mother recently had Crosby, the youngest of four and her only son, move back with his grandmother after she had her fill of gun violence on the city’s the Far West Side, relatives said.

Fannie Walls walked away from the scene with a scowl on her face. She said she emerged from her house shortly after neighbors heard gunshots and loud crashes and saw people running.

Walls initially didn’t think anything of it until someone mentioned her grandson’s name and she saw his white Chevrolet on 14th and Kildare with the windows shattered and blood smeared on the driver’s side.

Police ordered her to leave shortly after, she said.

“I’m mad they took my baby away from me,” Walls said. “They shot him in head! I’m tired! They are steady coming over here and shooting these boys up. And they (police) aren’t finding nobody.”

“How are you gonna walk around in broad daylight shooting?” Walls asked.

A girl in the car with him was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach, Walls said.

Walls gathered outside their brick, two flat with other relatives who hugged each other as they cried. As she gazed down the street, a man briskly walking down the street called out to her.

“Lil’ man make it?”

“Nah, he didn’t make it.”

He slowed his walk and wrapped his arms around her apologetically.

“I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”

Even though Crosby was the baby of his siblings, he was role model for the children living on South Kildare Avenue, his grandmother said.

“He was like my brother,” said Jamal Walls.

The 11-year-old said Crosby, his cousin, would play basketball and football with him and the other cousins.

Jamal said Crosby would take him to the mall to buy him shoes or to the local swimming pool on hot days.

The last time Jamal saw his cousin was last weekend.

As Jamal looked down the street where his cousin was killed he thought of his favorite memory with Crosby.

“We would jump on my bed,” he said with a faint smile.

Most family members outside the home held each other as they grieved while others felt hopeless that Crosby’s killer would ever being brought to justice.

“They’ll never catch them,” one family member said before storming inside the house.

The grandmother shook her heads at the crime scene and flashing police lights.

“It’s just another black person dead,” she said.

Rifle attack among other shootings

A 32-year-old man was shot in the chest about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday in Rogers Park. The man was in an alley in the 1500 block of West Morse Avenue when he began arguing with someone. The man took out a gun and fired shots, striking the victim. The victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition.

About 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, a 37-year-old man was shot in the right shoulder while standing inside his home in the Roseland neighborhood. A shot penetrated his front door in the 100 block of East 113th Street. He took himself to Roseland Hospital and was listed in good condition.

A 23-year-old man was shot in the right hand about 10:30 p.m. Monday in West Garfield Park. He said he was standing in a vacant lot in the 4500 block of West Jackson Boulevard when a man came up to him and fired shots. The victim was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

About 8:55 p.m. a 19-year-old man was shot in the groin in the 6600 block of South Union Avenue, police said. He was taken to Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center where his condition had stabilized.

About 7:45 p.m. a 26-year-old woman was shot in the 4700 block of West Polk Street, police said. She was wounded in the left leg and was in good condition. Hospital information was not immediately available.

A rifle attack occurred about 4:40 p.m. in the 4400 block of South Wood Street, in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.

The victim, a 23-year-old man, was shot in the leg and back and got himself to Stroger Hospital where he was listed in critical condition, police said.

He’d been on foot when an assailant walked up and shot him using a rifle, police said.

At 8:50 a.m. on the Northwest Side, an 18-year-old man was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood after being shot multiple times, including in the legs and the abdomen, according to police. He was in the 6200 block of West Belmont Avenue in the Belmont Central neighborhood when he was shot, officials said.

Police said the man was fighting with another man when the other man pulled a gun and shot him. The man took off running and hasn’t been arrested, officials said.
Police reported no arrests in any of the attacks.

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