Wave of shootings leaves 4 dead, 26 wounded since Friday afternoon

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By Adam Sege and Carlos Sadovi, Tribune reporters

At least four people were killed and 26 wounded in a 16-hour wave of shootings on Chicago’s South, West and Southwest sides starting Friday afternoon, according to police.

The number of people shot in the city since early Friday afternoon is now well more than half the number shot the entire previous weekend, the city’s most violent of the year to date.

Among those killed were a 17-year-old boy, a 32-year-old woman, and a 21-year-old man.

An 86-year-old man was also killed in a neighborhood dispute involving an off-duty police officer Friday afternoon in the Greshman neighborhood on the South Side. Authorities said the officer’s neighbor shot and injured the officer’s wife about 2:15 p.m., prompting the officer to fatally shoot the neighbor in self-defense and then shoot the neighbor’s wife after she picked up a shotgun her husband had been holding.

Six people remained in critical condition this morning, among them a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl caught in crossfire as she sat inside a minivan.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 2:05 a.m. in the 5500 block of West North Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

A 17-year-old boy was standing outside when someone dressed in all black approached from behind and shot him in the head, according to police. The boy, later identified as Jaquez Williams, was pronounced dead on the scene at 2:35 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Earlier this morning, at 1:15 a.m., a 21-year-old man was fatally shot in the 5400 block of South Winchester Avenue in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side, according to police. The man was in the kitchen of a home with a 19-year-old woman when someone opened fire from outside, hitting people.

The 21-year-old, Martarvian Emery, was struck in the chest and pronounced dead on the scene at 1:30 a.m., authorities said.

The 19-year-old woman was shot in the leg and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where her condition was stabilized.

Friday night about 10:35 p.m., police heard shots fired in the 11500 block of South Laflin Street in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side and found a 32-year-old woman shot inside a parked vehicle. The woman, later identified as Leonore Draper, was struck in the arm and chest, police said.

Draper, who lived in the same block where she was shot, was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 12:32 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

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  • BKK

    Ismael..1st off teenagers r kids an second u sayin u don't care they r trash u must me white cuz I liv n this streets of Chicago an us blk folks don't need to b killin one another but that's jus wat the kkk want so it's make their job easy…so Ismael god don't like ugly an rite now u r bein ugly…

    • Ismael

      BKK black folks don't need to kill each but the fact is They are doing it. As long as the community does not help the police the killers will stay free killing other kids. Please read the other comments and I don't live in Chicago.(Thank God) There was one death last year in my community and it was due to domestic violence. Again I hope young children and the innocent does not get hurt because They might grow up to be somebody.

  • Stop the Violence


    I read your article about the shooting death if Leonore Draper in West Pullman. I think it is crucial for you to update your article: Leonore was on the Fundraising Committee for A Charitable Confection, an event raising funds to stop violence and promote peace. She was coming home from this fundraiser when she was killed.

    Her death cannot be in vain.