(Chicago Tribune) As the sun rose over Chatham early Friday, three residents stood at the edge of the crime scene trying to figure out if they knew the person who had been shot to death inside a vehicle.
“It’s a beautiful block,” Jermont Montgomery said. “Two or three in the morning, I would be OK. I would park here and walk home.”
But early Friday, the block had become the scene of a fatal shooting. About 2:45 a.m., officers responded to the 8000 block of South Vernon Avenue after receiving a call of a person shot.
Officers found a double-parked car on the street that was still on. Inside, they found a 25-year-old man who had been shot in the head, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shooting happened on a residential block lined with brick apartment buildings. Officers walked residents who lived within the crime scene to their cars as many woke up to begin their day.
Montgomery had heard about 15 gunshots early Friday, but he thought the shooting had happened further west. He and Jerrell Harris, another nearby resident, don’t think they know the victim, but they didn’t think the shooting was random because that specific block is typically quiet.
Still, they said they were disappointed to see the fatal shooting.
The men are involved in local non-profit organizations that work to curb violence in the city. Both called for a more holistic approach to solving violence, adding that issues surrounding poverty, mental health and jobs need to be addressed by officials.
“You can pass the toughest gun laws in the world and put police on each block,” Montgomery said. “It will not make a difference. It’s an issue of a community that needs to be healed.”
The man who was fatally shot in Chatham was one of 20 people shot during a 19-hour period from Thursday to Friday in Chicago. Six of those people were fatally wounded, including a man whose gun went off while he was in a car, according to police.
In the Fernwood neighborhood about 12:15 a.m. Friday, a 27-year-old man was fatally shot on the city’s Far South Side.
People who were in a passing car found the man with a gunshot wound to the chest on the ground in the 10000 block of South Parnell Avenue, police said. They took him to Roseland Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1 a.m.
He was identified as Vincent Hubbard, of the 9800 block of South Princeton Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Police did not release any additional details about what led to the shooting.
A 33-year-old man died after a gun that was in his waistband went off while he was moving in a car in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.
About 11:55 p.m. Thursday, the 33-year-old man was inside a parked car in the 6100 block of South Winchester Avenue when the gun in his waistband went off as he was moving in the car, striking himself in the abdomen.
He was pronounced dead at 12:57 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center. He was identified as Steven Winston, of the same block where the shooting took place, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Police were investigating the incident as a death investigation.
In the Princeton Park neighborhood, a 29-year-old man was fatally shot about 11:50 p.m. in the 200 block of West 95th Street, police said.
Officers responding to a call of a person shot found the man on the street next to a silver sedan. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The shooting happened on a commercial street that borders the Frank B. Lowden Homes. Police placed evidence markers along the road.
A 24-year-old man was fatally shot about 7:45 p.m. at the intersection of West 83rd Street and South Talman Avenue in the Wrightwood neighborhood, police said. There, a 24-year-old man was on the sidewalk when someone inside a passing vehicle fired shots, hitting him several times, police said. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police focused on the backyard of a home. The neighborhood consisted of single-story brick home with manicured lawns.
Friends of the man stood across the street from the crime scene. “It’s a bad shooting,” one man said.
He and others declined to further comment.
An earlier fatal shooting happened about 12:20 p.m. in the 4600 block of West Augusta Boulevard in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood.
A 29-year-old man was approached by someone on foot who shot at him multiple times. He suffered wounds to the upper body and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:58 p.m., police said.
He was identified as Derrick Murray, of the 1600 block of South Central Park Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
In other shootings:
About 2:10 a.m. Friday, a 26-year-old man was shot in the finger during a drive-by shooting in the 2300 block of East 72nd Street in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side. The man was walking when someone in a passing burgundy car shot at him. He took himself to St. Bernard Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.
In the Albany Park neighborhood on the city’s Northwest Side, a 33-year-old man was shot in the back about 1:40 a.m. while he was in an alley in the 4200 block of North Bernard Street, police said. He was taken in serious condition to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
A 16-year-old boy was critically injured in a shooting about 10:50 p.m. in the 200 block of South Maplewood Avenue in the Near West Side neighborhood, police said. He was going inside a home when someone inside a passing car opened fire, striking him in the head. He was in critical condition at Stroger Hospital.
About 10 p.m., a 20-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the 5000 block of West Huron Street in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side. He was standing outside when a gray car pulled up and the shooter got out and opened fire, striking him in the right leg. He was taken in good condition to West Suburban Medical Center.
A 28-year-old man in serious condition after he was shot multiple times in the 4200 block of West Cermak Road in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, police said. About 9:45 p.m., he was riding a bicycle when the shooter approached and shot him multiple times. He was taken in serious condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.
In the Back of the Yards neighborhood, a 22-year-old man was shot in the stomach while he was standing in the 5200 block of South Damen Avenue, police said. About 9:15 p.m., someone inside a passing car fired shots at him. His condition was stabilized at Stroger Hospital.
About 8:45 p.m., a 35-year-old man was shot in the buttocks while he was walking in the 900 block of East 90th Street in the Burnside neighborhood on the Far South Side. The shooter was inside a red car that had approached the man. He was taken in good condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
Around 8:10 p.m., two people were shot in the 3000 block of West Lexington Street in the Lawndale neighborhood, police said. A 44-year-old woman suffered a graze wound while sitting on a porch in the 3000 block of West Lexington Street, police said. While on the porch, a vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, hitting her, police said. Her injuries did not appear to be life threatening, but she was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition, police said. A 37-year-old woman who had been shot in the foot during the attack later sought treatment at Saint Anthony Hospital.
About 7:35 p.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in the 7900 block of South Loomis Street. He was taken to St. Bernard Hospital in good condition with a gunshot wound to the right foot, police said.
A 50-year-old man was shot about 6:45 p.m. in the 6700 block of South Jeffery Boulevard in a BP gas station parking lot. The gunman, a person he knew began kicking him after shooting him, according to at least one witness on the scene. Another witness whose window faces the gas station said he heard two shots, a pause and then four more gunshots.
Chicago Fire Department Chief Michael DelGreco said the man was taken to South Shore Hospital in critical condition, but he has since stabilized. According to Chicago police, he was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Another attack about 5:10 p.m. in the 2900 block of West 25th Place in the Little Village neighborhood left a 41-year-old man injured. The man was standing outside when someone inside a red SUV fired shots, hitting him in the lower left leg. He took a private vehicle to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was being treated, police said.
About 8:50 a.m. in the Grand Crossing neighborhood in the 6700 block of South Stony Island Avenue. A 37-year-old man suffered wounds to his abdomen and face, and was taken in serious condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said. Police had initially reported the man was 38 years old.
About 8:20 a.m., a 23-year-old man was shot in the foot in the Gresham neighborhood in the 8800 block of South Loomis Street. An assailant approached the man and shot him in the left foot, according to police. The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was listed as good, according to police.
Police said no arrests have been made in any of the attacks.
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