Violent weekend leaves 4 dead, 30 wounded

Over the span of 36 hours from Friday afternoon into early Sunday morning , at least 35 people were shot, four fatally, in Chicago. More than half of those shootings were in the last 12 hours of that time period.

Police responded to at least 26 separate incidents, starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side during an attack that left one dead and two other people wounded, police said. There were also fatal shootings in the South Shore neighborhood Friday night and in the Washington Park neighborhood early Sunday, both on the South Side.

The fourth murder was also early Sunday, about 1:10 a.m. in the 3000 block of West 53rd Place in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. The shooting victim, identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as Joshua Martinez of the 4900 block of South Karlov Avenue, whose body lay on a sidewalk in front of the brick bungalow.

Shards of glass from the home’s front door salted the steps early Sunday morning. Martinez’ body lay face down on the sidewalk, covered in a white sheet. His feet rested on the bottom steps of the bungalow home that is common to Gage Park.

Police said a “known offender” shot him and that the shooting may be gang-related. As the investigators tried to stretch out blankets to hide the man’s body from family and friends who had gathered, the boy’s mother confronted police in a forceful but controlled manner: “I just want to see my son.”

Once more she spoke, her voice sounding a little more agitated: “OK, OK, I just want to see my son.”

A young man standing with other teens and early-20-somethings opposite the family struggled to hold back a sob, covered his face and ducked behind an SUV when he couldn’t. Nobody at the scene would talk.

In other shootings:

Two people were shot about 2:40 a.m. in the 6000 block of South Indiana Avenue in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side, police said. A 32-year-old man was hit in the upper chest and died at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. A 27-year-old woman was also hit in the leg. Both were taken to Stroger hospital.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the man as Corey Brownlee, of the same block where he was shot. He was pronounced dead at 3:26 a.m.

About 4:10 a.m., a 20-year-old man was shot in the 5400 block of West Diversey Avenue in the Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side. He was wounded in the stomach and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Police said he was arguing with his girlfriend when someone else intervened and shot him, though police said he was too intoxicated to provide much information about who may have shot him.

About 2:30 a.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in the forearm twice in the 1500 block of West 18th Place in the Pilsen neighborhood, police said. He was shot blocks from where two people were shot last night. The man was taken to the University of Illinois Hospital in good condition.

About 12:30 a.m. a 28-year-old woman was shot in the head in the intersection of Grand and Kedzie avenues in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said. She was northbound on Kedzie Avenue, driving an SUV with another man in the car, when someone pulled alongside in an SUV and opened fire. She was hit in the head and was in critical condition at Stroger hospital.

About the same time in the 3800 block of West Roosevelt Road in the Lawndale neighborhood, an 18-year-old man was shot in the leg, police said. He was walking with a group and fled at the sound of gunfire but realized he had been shot. He is in stable condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

About 11:55 p.m., two people were shot in the 10000 block of South Crandon Avenue in the South Deering neighborhood on the South Side. A man and a woman, each 42 years old, were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition. The man had a wound to his face and the woman was shot in the leg, police said.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the groin about 11:24 p.m. in the 4900 block of West Hubbard Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Stroger hospital.

Someone shot a 26-year-old woman in the hip in the 5900 block of South Halsted Street in Englewood neighborhood about 11:10 p.m., Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. A man walking with two others approached and fired twice, hitting her in the right leg. She’s in stable condition at Stroger hospital.

Three people standing on a sidewalk in Logan Square, near the intersection of North and Washtenaw avenues, were shot about 10:25 p.m., police said. Someone who passed by in a dark SUV shot a 25-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman. The man took himself to Norwegian-American Hospital and was transferred to Stroger hospital. He suffered a wound to his abdomen. The woman he was with was shot in the calf and walked into Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Alfaro said. Police didn’t learn of the third person shot until hours later, when the man walked into Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center with an ankle wound.

About 10:10 p.m. a 22-year-old man was shot in the 0-100 block of North Pulaski Road, north of Madison Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. He was shot in the side and taken to Stroger hospital in serious condition, police said. A pistol with an extended magazine was found behind a white truck inside the crime scene.

Earlier, a 16-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound to his right leg on the 4500 block of South Champlain Avenue, in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood, said News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney.The shooting happened at 6:40 p.m. and the teen was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital in good condition, Sweeney said. The teen was standing in a courtyard at that location when a person stepped out and began firing, Sweeney said. Area South detectives were investigating.

Police are speaking with a 24-year-old man who showed up at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center at about 2:25 p.m. to be treated for a gunshot wound, police said. The man was shot in the right hand on the 5200 block of West Wellington Avenue in the Cragin neighborhood, police said. His condition had stabilized, said Sweeney.

At 4:55 p.m. a 30-year-old man was shot on the 400 block of West 126th Street in the West Pullman neighborhood, said Sweeney. The man was shot in the left leg and was taken to Metro South Hospital in good condition, said Sweeney.

Aside from the 18 people shot, a 25-year-old man walked into Stroger hospital Saturday afternoon and said he was shot about 2 a.m. near 59th Street and Talman Avenue in Gage Park early Saturday morning. He was shot in the side but it’s not clear why he delayed seeking medical attention.

-Chicago Tribune Reporting



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