3 dead, 3 wounded in separate shootings on North, South Sides

Three men were shot to death overnight in separate Near North Side and South Side shootings, police said, and three other people survived attacks.

One person was killed and another wound in a shooting that stemmed from a traffic crash on Goose Island on the Near North Side about 2:50 a.m.

A 44-year-old man was killed and a 42-year-old woman shot in the chest in the same attack, in the 1000 block of North North Branch Street, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.

The two were both taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where the man was pronounced dead.

Inside a crime scene in the industrial neighborhood – down the block from a 5-a.m. bar whose patrons stumbled and waddled out to their cars past the crime scene – sat a silver Maserati with Texas license plates.

“I saw him wobble and fall,” said a 24-year-old man, who said he was driving by when the shooting happened.

The 24-year-old raised his hand to show where the man pointed it when he opened fire – about head height – then dropped his hand to show the weapon pointing down when he shot again. The man was holding a black handgun, he said.

The man who died had his hands up in front of him when he was shot, the 24-year-old said, as if to say “don’t shoot.”

Another man, 27, was shot in the armpit in the 12100 block of South Indiana Avenue about 2:10 a.m. He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center an hour later, but it’s not clear what happened prior to the shooting.

Earlier, an 18-year-old man was shot to death about 9:20 p.m. Saturday. Fearro Denard was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m. in an alley a couple doors down from where he lived.

His body lay under a street lamp, covered by a blood-soaked sheet, in an alley between Dorchester and Dante avenues just north of 74th Street.

Investigators removed the sheet so they could fingerprint and take photos of the body before covering it back up again.

A bicycle lay on the ground nearby, and a handful of onlookers watched from Dorchester Avenue.

Two people survived separate shootings on the North and South Sides, officials said.

Police weren’t able to say why the man was killed or provide information about the shooter.

The first shooting Saturday night happened at about 6:20 p.m. on the 5900 block of North Kenmore Avenue in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood, according to Chicago Fire Department officials.

A 17-year-old boy was hospitalized in serious-to-critical condition, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Juan Hernandez.

Then in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, a 19-year-old man was in good condition after being shot, police said.

That shooting happened at about 8:30 p.m. on the 700 block of West 50th Place, said a Chicago Police spokesman.

The man was shot in the arm and was taken in good condition to St. Bernard Hospital.

By Terrence Antonio James and Peter Nickeas

Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

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