Child Killed, 8 Wounded in Chicago Shootings Saturday

(Sun Times Wire) Gun violence took the life of a 2-year-old toddler boy and wounded eight others in 24 hours of citywide shootings Saturday.

The boy was killed late evening in the Hermosa neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

An unknown person unleashed gunfire on the toddler and a young man at 10:17 p.m., killing the child and marking the community area’s first homicide of 2018, according to Chicago police.

The 18-year-old man and 2-year-old toddler were standing at the mouth of an alley in the 2200 block of North Kilbourn when a hail of bullets emerged from the street’s end, police said.

Two females had been fighting inside the alley between Kilbourn and Kenneth Avenues when the shots rang out toward their direction.

The bullets struck a 2-year-old boy in the neck, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead shortly after.

The 18-year-old was shot in his left leg and taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

Yellow police tape zigzagged across the alley early Sunday as police secured the crime scene. No one was in custody, and Area North detectives were investigating.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately confirm the boy’s death.

Another homicide unfolded in the Far South Side Riverdale neighborhood after a party turned fatal and a man died and a woman and man were wounded from a shooting.

The trio was at an outdoor gathering at 8 p.m. in the 13200 block of South Prairie Avenue when shots rang out, police said. Witnesses told police that a female and male pulled out weapons during an altercation and opened fire on the group.

The men, ages 18 and 48, were struck in the body and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

The 20-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound her arm and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical center, where her condition stabilized, police said.

The older man’s condition stabilized, and the younger man was in serious condition until he was pronounced about midnight Sunday, police said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately confirm the death.

The latest nonfatal shooting occurred in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side.

At 11:36 p.m., a 38-year-old man was walking through a vacant parking lot in the 3100 block of South Michigan when someone in a white sedan shot his right hand, police said.

The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition, police said.

About half an hour earlier, a man was wounded by gunfire in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

The 36-year-old was in a verbal altercation with another male at 11 p.m. in the 900 block of North Leamington when the other person shot him, police said.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was in good condition, police said.

During the morning, a drive-by attack left a man with a bullet graze wound to the abdomen in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

About 4:10 a.m., the 37-year-old was walking in the 7200 block of South Paulina Avenue when a blue minivan drove up and someone inside fired shots, police said. He refused medical treatment on the scene.

Another party in the Far South Side, this time in the Roseland neighborhood, was disrupted by gunfire early Saturday.

A 29-year-old man was at the gathering at 3:10 a.m. in the 300 block of West 108th when someone pulled out a gun and opened fire, Chicago police said.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to his left foot, but refused help from medical professionals, police said.

The first shooting of the day was directed at a crowd but only struck one person in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

A 30-year-old man was standing with the group about 1:15 a.m. when shots rang out in the 3800 block of West Gladys Avenue, police said.

He was struck in the buttocks and leg, and was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition, police said.

On Friday, 1 person died and 5 others were wounded from gun violence throughout the city.

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