9 dead, dozens wounded in violent weekend in Chicago

Two men were killed and four others were wounded in separate shootings Sunday in the city’s Little Village, Gresham and Englewood neighborhoods, police said.

The weekend toll for gun violence in the city includes at least 9 people dead and 26 wounded. At least 2 people were killed and 9 wounded from about Friday night to Saturday morning, and 5 more people were killed and 13 wounded between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning.

Early Sunday afternoon, two people died from their injuries in a shooting about 1 p.m. on the 2800 block of South Sawyer Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

A 33-year-old man was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County medical examiner’s office said it was notified of a death at that location.

Another man, 19, suffered a wound to his chest and was taken to an area hospital in serious condition, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. He later died from his injuries, said Officer Veejay Zala.

According to a police source, the two men who were killed were traveling in a vehicle with two other adults and two children, ages three and seven. The men were shot on Sawyer Avenue, but after the shooting someone drove them to the 2400 block of South Kedzie Avenue, the source said.

According to the source, police believe the victims were shot by an occupant of an orange or yellow Hummer that fled the scene after the shooting. There was a later report that a car matching the Hummer’s description was on fire in an alley on the 3200 block of West 37th Place, about a mile south of where the shootings occurred, but that has not been confirmed by the office of News Affairs.

The Hummer is believed to belong to one of the  shooting victims relatives and it is not clear if there was a confrontation before the shooting. Its also not clear if the Hummer was reported stolen prior to the shooting, according to the source.

Estrada said the circumstances leading up to the fatal shooting were not immediately available.

Earlier Sunday, there were two other shootings in Little Village, both with gang overtones. A 25-year-old man was shot in the abdomen about 1:30 a.m. on Hamlin Avenue between 24th and 25th Streets and a 35-year-old man was shot about an hour later at 27th Street and Kildare Avenue. In both instances, gang slogans were shouted by the attackers.

In other shootings Sunday afternoon:

• Two men, ages 25 and 20, were shot about 3:28 p.m. Sunday on the 6800 block of South Laflin Street in the city’s Englewood neighborhood. The 25-year-old was shot in his shoulder and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The 20-year-old was shot twice in his face and was self transported to Holy Cross Hospital before being taken by Chicago Fire Department paramedics to Mount Sinai Hospital. His condition was not immediately available, police said.

• Two men, ages 27 and 30, were shot about 9 a.m. on the 8300 block of South Ada Street in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, Estrada said. Both suffered gunshot wounds to their backs and were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition. The circumstances leading up to the shooting were not immediately available.

Area South and Area Central detectives were investigating.

-Chicago Tribune reporting

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