The attacks Monday bring to 57 the number of people shot during the extended holiday weekend. Seven of those shot have died, according to data compiled by the Tribune.
In the most recent shooting, a 60-year-old man was shot in the left leg in the Lawndale neighborhood just before 11:30 p.m., police said in a media notification. The man was standing on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of South Hamlin Avenue when he heard gunshots and realized he was hit. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
Earlier, a 21-year-old man was wounded in the first block of South Pulaski, near Madison Street, about 6:40 p.m., according to a police media notification. The man suffered gunshot wounds to the head and groin and was in good condition at Stroger Hospital. The man told investigators he was standing outside when someone came up and shot him, then ran away.
In the Back of the Yards neighborhood, two men were wounded about 5:35 p.m. in the 4300 block of South Ashland Avenue, according to a police media notification, which corrected an earlier address for the shooting. A 22-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the left ribs and a 23-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the left hand. They were taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized. The two told investigators that they were in a vehicle when men in a light-colored van fired shots at them and fled the scene.
Near the scene, Julio Luna said he recognized the sound of the higher-caliber rounds from his village in Mexico. He’s from Durango and works in Chicago but lives in Toledo, where he said the schools are nicer.
He was in an apartment he rents a block over when he heard the gunfire.
“It’s not like a regular gun. Here, every weekend you hear something,” he said. “The metals — (the casings) — and the noise is bigger.”
Police closed 43rd Street between Ashland and Marshfield avenues and also just east of Ashland Avenue. North and southbound traffic on Ashland was allowed to pass.
People stood in small groups on Ashland, near the Dunkin Donuts and the AutoZone across the street, talking about what happened.
It’s the same block where two Chicago Police officers were shot in May.
There have been dozens of rifle shootings tied to the Almighty Saints and La Raza street gangs, who have been feuding for decades. The use of rifles is new in the last 18 months or so, according to police. Both of the men shot on Ashland are affiliated with a gang, police said. Continue Reading
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