1 dead, at least 12 injured in shootings
CHICAGO — A man was killed and at least 12 other people have been wounded in separate shootings across the city since Friday evening, police said.
A 27-year-old man was fatally shot around 2 a.m. Saturday near the Garfield Park Observatory in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said.
Police discovered the man inside a car that crashed into a pole in the 300 block of North Central Park Avenue, police said.
The man was sitting in the driver’s seat with gunshot wounds to the chest, back and arm, said Officer Ron Gaines, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department.
He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Gaines said.
Early Saturday, police officers blocked off a section of North Central Park Avenue and a grassy patch east of the road with yellow crime tape.
Just north of the cordoned-off area, trains passed by from time to time, drowning out the chatter of police officers.
Inside the crime scene, a dark-colored car sat with its emergency lights flashing and its front two doors open. The front of the car was mangled and its front windshield window was shattered. A pole knocked down during the crash lay in front of the car.
A woman, who was hugging herself, walked with a group of detectives and police officers around the edges of the scene. The officers shined flashlights on nearby parked cars and on the ground, in search of evidence.
After a few moments of talking to the woman, the officers brought out more yellow tape and expanded the crime scene to cover more of the grassy area west of Central Park.
No other information was immediately available about the shooting.
• A 27-year-old man was seriously wounded in a shooting around 4:06 a.m. Saturday in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side, Gaines said. The man was shot multiple times outside in the 2500 block of South Kedvale Avenue, Gaines said.
The man told police he was chased and beaten by several offenders who then shot him, Gaines said.
He was taken in serious condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, Gaines said.
About five shell casings lay in the middle of the street on Kedvale, north of 25th Street.
Police officers marked the casings with pieces of paper as well as a black cap that lay near a parked car and bloodstains in the middle of the road.
Officers blocked off the evidence of the shooting with yellow and red tape between an alley and 25th Street on Kedvale.
Inside the crime scene, one parked car stood with a shattered rear window.
A handful of drivers passing through and nearby residents stopped briefly near the crime scene and drove or walked away.
• Around 3:13 a.m. Saturday, a 25-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the Prairie District on the Near South Side, Gaines said. The man was sitting in a vehicle in the 100 block of East Cullerton Street when someone in a vehicle pulled up to him and fired shots, striking him in the buttocks, Gaines said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in good condition, Gaines said.
• About 12:57 a.m. Saturday, a 19-year-old man walked into Mount Sinai Hospital after getting shot in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, Gaines said. The man was in a gangway in the 4000 block of West 21st Place when he heard two gunshots and realized he was struck, Gaines said. The man was wounded in the chest and thigh and managed to get himself to the hospital, where his condition stabilized, Gaines said.
• About 10:42 p.m. Friday, a 29-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side, Gaines said. The man was on a porch of a home in the 5900 block of West Huron Street when two male attackers walked up to him and fired shots, Gaines said. The man was struck in the shoulder and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition stabilized, Gaines said.
• Earlier Friday evening, at least eight people were wounded within one hour in separate shootings on the city’s Northwest, South and West sides.
About 7:30 p.m., two teens and one man were shot in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side. Someone fired shots from a passing vehicle in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue, said Officer Nicole Trainor, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department.
A 15-year-old boy was shot in his left hand and was taken to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, where his condition was stabilized. Another boy, 16, suffered a wound to the neck and was taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital. The third victim, 24, was shot in the abdomen and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition, Trainor said.
A person was being questioned in the Kimbark shooting.
Fifteen minutes before the Woodlawn attack, three other people were shot about 7:15 p.m. in the 4700 block of West Barry Avenue in the city’s Kelvyn Park neighborhood, Trainor said.
A 16-year-old boy suffered a wound to his left foot, a 26-year-old man was shot in the right foot, and a 37-year-old man was shot in the shin, police said. The 26-year-old was taken to West Suburban Medical Center; the other two went to Presence Resurrection Medical Center.
About 6:50 p.m., a 22-year-old man was wounded in the 2000 block of West 79th Street in the city’s Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. The man suffered wounds to both arms, his left leg and a hand, Trainor said, citing preliminary information. He was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Trainor said.
Earlier Friday evening, a 19-year-old man was left in critical condition after he was shot in the head on the West Side in the city’s West Garfield Park neighborhood. That shooting happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. in the 4100 block of West Wilcox Street.
According to preliminary reports, a minivan pulled up and someone inside fired shots, striking the man in the head, Trainor said. The victim was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, Trainor said.
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