3 dead, 10 wounded in citywide shootings since Friday

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CHICAGO – A small group of people stood outside a brick three-flat in Little Village early Saturday to watch an ambulance carry a friend away.

The woman inside had been shot in the chest not long before, about 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of West 25th Street and South Harding Avenue. Police said the woman, 45, was walking when she heard gunfire and realized she had been shot.

As the ambulance began a slow drive up Harding, the bystanders walked out toward the street, hoping to get to the hospital. They pleaded with police officers to be allowed to take the car in front of them, which had been wrapped in police tape as part of the crime scene.

“Nobody else has a car?” an officer asked.

No, they all said.

The officers spoke among themselves for a moment, then began to unwrap the tape.

One man rushed forward and tried to get into the car, but the front door was locked. He began to moan when he realized the device for the keyless entry was with the woman in the ambulance.

“She’s got the remote in her sweater. She’s got the remote in her sweater,” he said. He leaned forward against the car roof and held his head in his arms.

An officer tried a back door. “This one’s open,” he said.

The bystanders got in the car and drove to St. Anthony Hospital, where the woman was pronounced dead.

Two other people have been killed and at least 10 people have been wounded in shootings citywide since Friday morning, police said.

About 8:45 p.m. Friday, a 43-year-old man was fatally shot in North Austin.

He was in the 5300 block of West North Avenue when someone on foot fired shots, said Chicago police spokeswoman Officer Amina Greer. He was shot in the head and taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

About 3 p.m. Friday, a 17-year-old boy was fatally shot in the head in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a Chicago police spokesman.

The shooting occurred in the 5100 block of North Austin Avenue, and the boy was taken in critical condition to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Sweeney said.

The boy, identified as Ryan Nicholson, of the same block where he was shot, was later pronounced dead at 3:21 a.m. Saturday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The shooting was domestic-related and police were conducting an ongoing investigation, said Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti, a Chicago police spokeswoman.

At 4:30 a.m., a 35-year-old man walked in the emergency room of Mount Sinai Hospital with a graze wound to the head, Ursitti said.

The man was being uncooperative with police but said he was wounded on the 200 block of South Kilbourn Avenue, Ursitti said.

At 3:55 a.m., a 48-year-old man was shot in Little Village, Alfaro said.

He was driving in the 2400 block of South St. Louis Avenue when he stopped at a stop sign and someone shot him in the chest and abdomen.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

At 2:45 a.m., a 40-year-old man was shot in South Austin, Alfaro said.

He was on a sidewalk in the 100 block of North Waller Avenue when he was shot in the leg. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, and his condition was stabilized.

At 1:10 a.m., a 23-year-old man was shot in the Marquette Park neighborhood, police said.

He was arguing with another person on a front porch in the 7100 block of South Rockwell Street when the other person pulled out a handgun and shot him in the abdomen and the back.

He drove himself to Holy Cross Hospital and later was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

At 11:40 p.m., a 22-year-old man was shot in Rogers Park, Alfaro said.

He was at a gas station in the 7100 block of North Sheridan Road when someone fired shots from a dark sedan. He was hit in the head and went to St. Francis Hospital in serious condition.

About 9:15 p.m., a 16-year-old boy was shot in Englewood, Alfaro said.

He was on a sidewalk in the 400 block of West 75th Street when he was shot in the back. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, and his condition was stabilized.

At 4:08 p.m., two men, ages 20 and 23, were shot in Washington Heights, Greer said.

They were in the 1400 block of West 107th Street when the 20-year-old was shot in the buttocks, and the 23-year-old was shot in the arm. They got themselves to Roseland Community Hospital. No information was immediately available about their conditions or the circumstances of the shooting.

Just before 11 a.m., a 24-year-old man was shot in West Pullman. He was in the 12000 block of South Perry Avenue when he was shot in the buttocks, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition.

About 8 a.m., a 28-year-old city worker was shot in Gresham, police said.

The man, a Water Management Department employee, was at a work site in the 1400 block of West 85th Street when someone fired shots from an alley and fled in a silver car, police said. He was shot in the face and taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

— by Megan Crepeau, Chicago Tribune