West Town car chase ends in shooting, 9 others shot across city

A car chase that started near Wicker Park ended in West Town with a three-car crash and a shooting that left a man  dead, according to police.

At least 9 others were shot, one fatally, across the city since about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The West Town shooting happened after an SUV being chased by a Nissan hit a moving truck on Ashland Avenue just south of Grand Avenue.

Police believe the Nissan had been bumping the SUV prior to the crash. After hitting the truck, the SUV careened into a BMW, which wasn’t involved in the chase, and came to rest against a median south of Hubbard Street.

Police believe someone from the Nissan opened fire a short time later, killing a man in the SUV. No one else was shot.

The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Nicholas Ramirez.

Investigators didn’t find any shell casings at the scene but did find what appeared to be an identification card in the middle of Ashland Avenue.

The SUV had heavy front-end damage to the passenger’s side and it appeared the driver’s airbag had deployed. A wheel sat on its side nearby, broken off at the axle. The BMW was behind the SUV about 30 yards.

About a block and a half east, in an alley south of Grand Avenue, police found a small Nissan car that a nearby resident reported to police was smoldering. The occupants of the car fled, police said, and officers searched dumpsters in the alley for clothing and other evidence.

Police said the car they found may have been the one used by the shooter and held it until forensic investigators could process it for evidence. The alley between Ashland and Armour Street south of Grand Avenue was taped off, along with the alley east of Armour.

Earlier, a 20-year-old man was shot to death on the West Side and at least eight people suffered gunshot wounds in a 5-hour stretch at the start of the weekend.

The man was shot in the head while in a gangway between gray stone apartments in the Austin neighborhood, in the 5200 block of West Congress Parkway about 11:15 p.m.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead there, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Trevolus Pickett.

Shootings elsewhere, from the Far South Side neighborhood of Brainerd to the Belmont Central neighborhood on the Northwest Side, left at least seven people wounded.

About 1:15 a.m. a man who appeared in his 20s was shot near the corner of Kostner and Diversey avenues in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood. He was grazed in the head and treated at the scene for the wound.

Most recently, two men were shot on Racine Avenue just north of Ogden Avenue. The two, 23 and 25, were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in stable condition. Police said the two were standing outside when someone in a passing van opened fire, hitting the two. Police found shell casings on Racine Avenue.

Before the Austin neighborhood homicide, a 55-year-old man was shot and walked into West Suburban Medical Center with a leg wound. He had been shot in the 600 block of North Laramie Avenue, about a mile and a half north of the homicide. The man was sitting in a car when someone fired at him.

A man in his 40s was wounded at 93rd and May streets in the Brainerd neighborhood about 10:15 p.m., police said. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

A couple miles north about an hour earlier, two boys were shot near the corner of 76th and May streets in the Gresham neighborhood. Someone fired into a group they were a part of from across the street at about 9:20 p.m. The two who were hit, both 16-year-old boys, ran into a corner store nearby, police said.

One was taken to Saint Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center with a wound to his foot and the other was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center with wounds to both legs. Both were said to be in stable condition, police said.

Earlier, someone was shot in the Belmont Central neighborhood. The shooting happened about 7:35 p.m. on the 2300 block of North Mango Avenue, said police, citing preliminary information.

A male victim suffered a gunshot wound to his shin, but his age and where he was taken for treatment  was not immediately available, police said.

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