1 dead, 14 wounded in overnight shootings, including 6 at West Side party

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A pair of gunmen shot six people at a West Side party early Saturday morning – one opened fire toward a back porch from an alley while someone else opened fire from the front door as party goers tried to run inside.

The first to open fire was an unknown gunman from the alley, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said. People running back into the apartment building from the back porch were confronted by a man at the front door who also opened fire, he said.

One of the six, a 24-year-old man, died from a head wound at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, police said. He and at least one other person were found by police at the scene, at the corner of Wilcox Street and Kostner Avenue. The rest made it into area hospitals without the help of paramedics.

The man killed has been identified as Jordan Harris.

Five people survived the attack. A 25-year-old woman is in stable condition at Stroger hospital. Three people  – a 23-year-old man, a 32-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman – were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. The youngest of the three is in critical condition with back and shoulder wounds, Gaines said. The other two are in stable condition – the man with an abdomen wound and the woman with a foot wound.

A 43-year-old who walked into Rush University Medical Center with a leg wound is also in good condition, Gaines said.

A number of the party goers appeared intoxicated, cursed at police, ran under the crime scene tape and shouted in general about the poor police response.

Police blocked traffic on Kostner Avenue in both directions about a block each side of the crime scene.

Eight others were wounded in shootings across the city overnight.

A 23-year-old driving a Volvo was shot as he drove in the 1900 block of North Mozart Street in the Logan Square neighborhood. Someone emerged from between cars and shot at the car, Gaines said. The 23-year-old was bruised by a bullet that broke the back window and hit his back seat but did not penetrate his back.

A 24-year-old man was wounded in the 500 block of South Clinton Street about 12:15 a.m. He was standing outside when someone in a vehicle shot at him, police said. He walked into Rush University Medical Center with a leg wound and was transferred to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.

Earlier, a 16-year-old boy who was shot last month and a 20-year-old man he was with were shot Friday night in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

The two people shot were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital – the teen with a wound to his back and in serious condition and the man with a wound to his buttocks.

Later Friday, two men were shot on the South Side within about 15 minutes of each other.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and shoulder in the 9600 block of South Carpenter Street in the Longwood Manor neighborhood.  He’s in serious condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

No one is in custody. Detectives knocked on doors in the neighborhood, and were answered by mostly annoyed residents who had been sleeping and said they didn’t see or hear anything.

About 11:20 p.m. in the West Englewood neighborhood, a man whose age wasn’t available was shot twice in the back and taken to an area hospital. He was wounded near 61st Street and Hermitage Avenue.

Earlier,  a man and a woman were wounded tonight in separate shootings in the city’s Humboldt Park and Lawndale neighborhoods.

The first shoooting happened about 8 p.m. on the 900 block of North Monticello Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, according to Police News Affairs.

In that shooting a 27-year-old woman suffered gunshot wounds and was being treated at Norwegian-American Hospital where her condition was stabilized, said police.

Ten minutes later, a 21-year-old man was shot in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood, said police.

That shooting happened on the 1200 block of South Tripp Avenue. The man suffered a wound to his left leg and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was listed as in stable condition, said police.

As of 8:57 p.m., no one was in custody for either shooting and police were investigating.

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