Very Violent Weekend in Chicago, 6 Dead, 14 Wounded in Shootings

(ABC) Shootings across Chicago have left six people dead – including a 15-year-old boy who was shot while delivering newspapers with his stepfather – and 14 more wounded since Friday afternoon.

The teenage boy, identified as Brian Jasso from the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, and his stepfather were delivering newspapers about 6:50 a.m. in the 5100 block of West 47th when someone in a white van rammed their 2000 Honda CRV from behind, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The boy’s stepfather tried to speed away, but the van drove alongside them and someone inside opened fire into their SUV. The boy was struck in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The stepfather was not injured.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a motive for the shooting was not immediately apparent, and investigators were trying to determine whether the shooting was a case of mistaken identity in an ongoing gang conflict in the area. Investigators were also exploring whether the crash and shooting could have been an attempted carjacking.

The most recent fatal shooting took the life of a 29-year-old man on the Northwest Side. He was shot in the head about 4:15 p.m. in the 5300 block of North Cumberland and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Details on the circumstances of the shooting were unknown and the Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately release information on the fatality.

Earlier Sunday, a 33-year-old man was found dead in the driveway of a home in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. The man suffered a gunshot wound to his head and was found by officers responding to a call of shots fired at 1:54 a.m. in the 4000 block of West Iowa, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released information on the fatality.

On Saturday night, a man and woman were killed and another man was critically wounded in a shooting in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side. About 9:40 p.m., they were traveling south in a four-door sedan in the 5900 block of South Richmond when someone fired shots from the sidewalk, authorities said. The 25-year-old man and 21-year-old woman who were shot were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities have not been released. The other man, age 20, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his arms and legs.

About five hours earlier, a 20-year-old woman was killed and an 18-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the South Side Englewood neighborhood. They were sitting in a vehicle about 3:40 p.m. in the 5600 block of South Emerald when someone in a passing dark-colored Audi fired shots, authorities said. The woman was shot in her body and pronounced dead at the scene at 4:15 p.m. Her identity hasn’t been released. The man suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and showed up at St. Bernard Hospital, where his condition stabilized.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened at 2:32 p.m. Sunday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. A 23-year-old man and a 20-year-old man were standing outside in front of a building in the 5600 block of West Madison when a light-colored SUV pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said. The SUV then drove off heading east on Madison and then in an unknown direction. The 23-year-old was shot in the left leg and taken by paramedics to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition stabilized. The younger man was shot in the buttocks and took himself to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he was in good condition.

At least four more people were wounded in shootings since Friday evening.

Follow the weekend’s gun violence with the Chicago Sun-Times shooting tracker.

Last weekend, five men were killed and at least 14 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning.

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