Shootings leave 4 dead, 14 wounded

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Shootings across the city left 4 people dead and at least 14 others wounded in a 12-hour period ending about 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

The gun violence from Saturday through early Sunday made it 5 dead and 20 wounded in shootings since late Friday morning.

The shootings included an attack on the West Side just after midnight, in the 500 block of North Lavergne Avenue in the Austin neighborhood, that left a 17-year-old boy dead and five young women wounded.

Information about what may have prompted the shooting wasn’t immediately available. The other five shot were taken to area hospitals, police said. A 17-year-old girl was shot in the buttocks and a 14-year-old girl was wounded in the buttocks, police said. They were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. A 22-year-old with a back wound and a 19-year-old with an arm wound were each taken to West Suburban Medical Center, the younger of the two driving herself. A 19-year-old was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, police said.

Another homicide happened about 10:20 p.m. in the 2600 block of East 83rd Street. A 33-year-old man, identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as De Angelo Russel, was shot there and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. He was pronounced dead about 1:35 a.m., a spokesman for the medical examiner’s office said.

A 16-year-old boy was shot to death about 10:30 p.m. just south of Irving Park Road on St. Louis Avenue in the Irving Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Police said someone asked him about marijuana and a possible gang affiliation before opening fire from the sunroof of a white car that fled the scene. The boy was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center about 11:10 p.m.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, a 21-year-old man was killed while in the parking lot of a South Side shopping mall, officials said. The shooting occurred at 3:19 p.m. on the 700 block of East 87th Street in the Chatham neighborhood, according to police and fire officials. Witnesses said the crime occurred at the Chatham Village Square mall at Cottage Grove and 87th Street. A spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office identified him as McArthur Swindle, of the 7200 block of South Halsted Street in Englewood.

Swindle’s body remained at the scene, slumped in the front seat of a white SUV, into the early evening. Social media has erupted with tributes to the man, who is believed to be a young rapper named Nunu.

Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Stacey Cooper said the man was inside his SUV when someone walked up to him and began shooting. The man sustained multiple gunshot wounds, police said. After the shooting, the victim appeared to try and flee from the shooting but crashed into a store, causing the B*Fresh clothing store’s front window to buckle. A woman who did not give her name said she was shopping at an AT&T store when she heard multiple loud gunshots.

The most recent shooting happened about 3:45 a.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of North Tripp Avenue in the Hermosa neighborhood. The 26-year-old man who was shot was driving when someone in an SUV that had pulled up behind him opened fire, hitting him in the head. He was taken to Stroger hospital, where his condition had stabilized.

About 2:50 a.m., a 49-year-old woman was shot near the intersection of Washtenaw Avenue and 24th Street in the Little Village neighborhood. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition with a wound to her abdomen. Neighbors near the shooting said it was likely the shooter was aiming toward a group of young men who were out on the block at the time of the shooting.

Someone shot toward a group of people at a music video shoot in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side about 12:15 a.m., hitting two people. Dancer Lil Kemo, who popularized “bop music,” was filming when someone opened fire. The shooting happened at the corner of Cermak Road and Kolin Avenue. A 28-year-old woman was hit in the back and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and an 18-year-old man walked into the same hospital with a thigh wound, police said.

A 25-year-old man walked into Stroger hospital with a wound to his buttocks about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, police said. He had been shot near 18th Street and Racine Avenue in the Pilsen neighborhood.

A 34-year-old man was wounded in the 7900 block of South Paulina Street in the Gresham neighborhood, police said. Someone shot him about 9:20 p.m. and the man later walked into Holy Cross Hospital with a minor leg wound.

At 7:40 p.m. a 23-year-old man was shot in the 7900 block of South Champlain Avenue in Chatham, said News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney. The man sustained a gunshot wound to his leg and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where his condition had stabilized.

A short time earlier, at 7:30 p.m. a 26-year-old man was in an alley on the 7100 block of South Seeley Avenue when he was shot, Sweeney said. The man was shot in the right shoulder and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition.

In addition to that shooting, a 25-year-old man was wounded on the 8500 block of South Marquette Road in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side, said Cooper. The shooting happened at 4:14 p.m. and left the man with a gunshot wound to his back. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition, Cooper said.


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  • Maxx

    Yep! I knew it. The NRA is responsible for this constant crisis! Not the gangs, not the drugs, not the gansta thug rap preaching to kill or be killed, not the animalistic behavior of today's sub-human society nor lack or respect for human life. All those guns got up by themselves and roamed the streets and without any human hands and shot those people. It's totally the guns fault. But I ask you this….. how is it the guns fault when a gun, all by itself cannot pull the trigger and fire itself?

  • Lisa

    You need to jar your memory,in the last few months three white people have gone on shooting rampages murdering innocent people……..I love it when YOU PEOPLE get selective amnesia!!!!

  • Mike Payne

    WHY SHOULD the big networks be bothered Ismael?

    I am a 65yo Black man — in California (and elsewhere) folks are LINED UP to give ALL the infomation they can to the Police.

    HERE in Chicago's Black Communities — "NO SNITCH" holds power over any crime situation.

    DID THE BLACK COMMUNITY turn in this Teacher's Killers yet? ( N O T )

    WHEN the Killers are caught (and they will be) it will because of CPD investigation — .With NO HELP from the so-called "Community" — WHY should the "Big Networks" waste their time covering this kind of garbage?

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