Bloody Chicago, 6 Killed, 6 Wounded in Valentine’s Day Shootings

Six people, including a 2-year-old boy and his uncle, have been killed and at least six other people were wounded in shootings across the city during an 18-hour period from Tuesday morning to Wednesday.

The man, the 2-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman were shot about 1:30 p.m. in an alley between the 2300 blocks of South Kenneth Avenue and South Kostner Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood.

In the most recent homicide, a 25-year-old man was shot to death about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday while he was driving on Lake Shore Drive, police said.

The 25-year-old man, who was driving a silver Lexus, was heading south in the 2300 block of North Lake Shore Drive near Fullerton Avenue when another car pulled up next to him and opened fire, striking him multiple times. The 25-year-old crashed into the center median. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Two people who were in the same car as the 25-year-old man were not injured.

Early Wednesday, police blocked off the southbound lanes from Belmont Avenue to Chicago Avenue as officers used flashlights to search for evidence on the road. Multiple police cars and an ambulance surrounded a silver sedan that was stopped on the left shoulder. The stretch of Lake Shore Drive where the shooting took place is sandwiched by the popular North Avenue Beach and the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Earlier Tuesday and minutes after the triple shooting, police were sent to the 3400 block of West Walnut Street and North Homan Avenue, where one man was fatally shot. The 62-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds about 2:40 p.m. and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

About 11:55 a.m., a 23-year-old man was fatally shot in the 2000 block of East 71st Street in the South Shore neighborhood, according to a police media notification. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest and later pronounced dead.

The man went into a store on 71st Street and was followed into the store by another person, who fired shots at the man, killing him, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a police spokesman.

The man was identified as James Johnson, 23, of the 6300 block of South Keating Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at 12:38 p.m.

About 9:30 a.m., a 30-year-old man was fatally shot in the chest in 4100 block of West 18th Street, according to police. The man was dead on arrival at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to police.

The man was a passenger in a vehicle when someone pulled up in a vehicle nearby and someone fired shots, hitting the man, according to police. The driver of the car the victim was in then drove to Mount Sinai instead of calling an ambulance. He was pronounced dead at 9:53 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office, which was not yet releasing information on his identity. Continue Reading

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