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Rash of shootings across Chicago

At least three people were killed and 17 wounded in shootings across Chicago overnight as the city saw its warmest weather in seven months.

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The city of Chicago experienced a violent 12-hours Wednesday as fifteen people were shot.  Four victims died.

Those shootings and others were on the minds of Chicago teens Thursday as they honored family and friends lost to gun violence already this year.

Rachel Otero is a senior at The Chicago High School for the Arts at 521 E. 35th Street.

Students wanted to make a statement in support of victims.  The memorial includes students tracing a chalk outline on the sidewalk in front of the school to represent each of the victims of gun violence.

Each victim’s name and age was written on the outline.  Each name was also read off during a candlelight vigil.

Otero says, “It is important for us as students to keep this issue alive both within our communities and city-wide if we want our leaders to address gun violence with substantial solutions.”

The memorial will remain at the site indefinitely.

Chicago Police are looking for the gunman who killed a 19-year-old man in a drive-by shooting in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

Police say someone fired shots from a light-colored sedan just after 11 p.m., striking the 19-year-old in the back as he walked down the sidewalk in the 4700 block of South Calumet Avenue.

The victim managed to run through a vacant lot before collapsing in an alley in the 4700 block of South Prairie Avenue.

He was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

The medical examiner’s office identified him as Kevin Ambrose, of the 4800 block of South Prairie Avenue.

The son of a murdered Chicago police officer has been shot.

Officer Michael Bailey was shot and killed in front of his home about three years ago.

On Tuesday, his son, Michael Bailey Jr. was sitting in a car, near 55th and Union when someone in another car shot him.

He’s now recovering in the hospital.

His mother says Bailey doesn’t know who shot him.

Police say they believe the shooter thought Bailey was a rival gang member.

No arrests have been made.

Chicago police released figures Wednesday morning showing there were 18 fewer murders this past April than in April of last year.

But that’s of little consolation to the family of 27-year-old Darrin Rodgers.

He was one of 3 young men killed Tuesday night. He was a father of three and had another one on the way.

His family is heartbroken over his death. Tears run down the face of Aaron Rodgers as he stands in front of the spot where his older brother, Darrin, was shot and killed just steps from their front door.

1CaptureTheir mother, Lelia, heard the gunshots and ran downstairs only to see her oldest child lying in the grass: “I went down there and applied pressure to his chest and talked to him. My son took three breaths and he was gone,” said Rodgers.

Darrin was standing on the corner of 69th and Cornell around midnight with friends when someone may have tried to rob him.

He ran and shots were fired, hitting him in the chest. Minutes before the shooting, police had come by and told the group they should get off the corner because it has already been a violent night nearby with a triple shooting near 71st and South Jeffrey.

Darrin Rodgers was one of three men shot and killed Tuesday night in Chicago.  At least 14 others were wounded in shootings across the city. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says while the warmer weather may have been a factor it was not the cause; guns were.

He says changes in the police department and new policing strategies have lead to a 42% decline in the murder rate so far this year.

“This city hasn’t had less than 100 murders in the first four months of the year since the mid-60′s. That’s what we’ve achieved in the first four months here. Progress, not success. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” said McCarthy on the WGN Morning News.

Police have not made any arrests in Darrin Rodgers murder or any of the other murders from Tuesday night.

A rash of shootings overnight has killed three men and left at least 17 wounded.

27-year-old Darrin Rodgers was shot in the chest at 69th and Cornell, becoming the first homicide victim in the city this month.

The shooting came just a few minutes after midnight.

Another incident in the University Village neighborhood killed one man and injured two others.

Police say the man killed, 19-year-old Tyrell Jackson, was a known gang member.

The other victims were hit in the thigh and are hospitalized in stable condition.

The third fatality was 23-year-old Pierre Howelett. He was shot several times in the 1900 block of South Drake.

Police officers wounded a suspect as he ran off after being ordered to stop near 89th and Brandon.

A Fraternal Order of Police spokesman says the suspect grabbed a chrome object from his waistband and officers fired fearing it was a gun.

A witness told reporters the suspect raised his hands above his head, but police and the FOP dispute that.

No gun was recovered.

The suspect suffered non-life threatening injuries.

All these shootings came just as the department released statistics showing homicides are down 42 percent during the first four months of 2013.

The murder total through April was 93.

That’s the lowest for the first four months of a year since 1963.

Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy joins WGN Morning News to talk about Chicago’s gun violence

At least three people were killed and 17 wounded in shootings across the city late Tuesday and early this morning, according to police.

In one of the fatal shootings, three men were shot in a parking lot across the street from the headquarters of the UIC Police Department, police said.

The shooting happened about 10:40 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Maxwell Street, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.

All three men were taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The conditions of two of them, ages 19 and 21, were stabilized at the hospital, Greer said.

The third man, 19-year-old Tytrell Jackson, was pronounced dead at 11:13 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

As the warmest night of the year turned into morning, the deadly violence continued.

About 12:10 a.m., a 27-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 6800 block of South Cornell Avenue, in the South Shore neighborhood, police said.

The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:53 a.m.

The medical examiner’s office identified him as Darrin Rodgers, of the 6800 block of South Cornell.

About 1:20 a.m., gunfire claimed another life, this time in the Lawndale neighborhood.

Police responding to the scene found a 23-year-old man lying in an alley near the 1900 block of South Drake Avenue, bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.

Pierre Howelett, of the 14300 block of South Halsted Street in Harvey, died on the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Earlier, about 7 p.m., three men were shot near the intersection of East 71st Street and South Jeffrey Boulevard, police said. An 18-year-old man, a 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old man were shot, according to Chicago Fire Department officials.

The younger two victims were taken to Northwestern and Stroger, and the 23-year-old refused medical attention for a graze wound.

About 6:15 p.m., three people were shot in the 10800 block of South Princeton Avenue at 6:13 p.m., according to fire officials. They were taken to Stroger Hospital and MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, officials said. The condition of a 16-year-old boy had stabilized, and two men, ages 40 and 44, were listed in serious-to-critical condition.

In other shootings since Tuesday afternoon:

  • About 9:15 p.m. a police officer shot a 25-year-old man during a foot chase near the intersection of East 89th Street and South Brandon Ave. The man was shot multiple times but was expected to survive, according to Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police. Accounts from residents and police differ.
  • A 16-year-old boy was shot in a drive-by shooting about 11:50 p.m. in the 100 block of West 68th Street, Greer said. The boy was taken to Stroger, where his condition was stabilized.
  • About 11:45 p.m., someone with a shotgun opened fire on two 20-year-old men walking in an alley near the 800 block of West 51st Street, police said. One man was struck multiple times, and the other sustained a gunshot wound to the upper back. Both were taken to St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center, where they were listed in good condition.
  • A 24-year-old woman sustained a graze wound to the shoulder about 10:30 p.m., in the 500 block of West Iowa Street, Greer said. The woman was take to Northwestern, where her condition was stabilized.
  • About 8:30 p.m., a 25-year-old man was shot multiple times in Washington Park, in the 5700 block of South Russell Drive, Greer said. The man was taken to Stroger, where his condition was stabilized.
  • A 16-year-old girl was shot on the 700 block of East Oakwood Boulevard at 7:21 p.m., according to police. She was taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center with a wound to her arm, officials said.
  • On the North Side, in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, a 22-year-old man was shot near Windsor Avenue and Sheridan Road at 5:16 p.m., said police. The man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with a wound to his leg.
  • About 4:30 p.m., a 30-year-old man was shot in the 1000 block of West Garfield Boulevard and was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, according to police and fire officials.

By Adam Sege, Deanese Williams-Harris and Jeremy Gorner Tribune reporters

Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

Nearly a dozen people were shot in separate incidents across Chicago on Tuesday, and at least nine were shot since 4:30 p.m.

Among those shot were three men in the 2000 block of East 71st Street. It happened at about 7 p.m.

An 18-year-old was shot in the lower back and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition. A 22-year-old was shot in the abdomen and taken to Northwestern in serious condition. A 23-year-old suffered a couple of graze wounds and refused transport.

Here are some of the other shootings that happened, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford:

  • A 30-year-old male was shot at 55th Street and Union Avenue at about 4:30 p.m Tuesday. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious-to-critical condition.
  • A 21-year-old male was shot at Windsor Avenue and Sheridan Road late Tuesday afternoon. He was taken to Illinois Masonic in serious-to-critical condition.
  • Three people were shot at 108th Street and Princeton Avenue. A 16-year-old male was taken to MetroSouth Medical Center in stable condition. A 40-year-old male and a 44-year-old male were both taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
  • A 16-year-old was shot in the bicep at 700 E. Oakwood Blvd. She was taken to Mercy Hospital. Langford said she’s expected to be OK.

Earlier Tuesday, two men were shot in Hyde Park, and one of them was killed.

Despite this recent rash of shootings, there are 19 fewer homicides this April when compared to April 2012.