At least 13 shot citywide
By Peter Nickeas, Liam Ford and Rosemary Sobol
11:29 AM CDT, June 8, 2013
A man was shot multiple times in the Sheridan Park neighborhood last night and left in critical condition, one of at least 13 people shot across the city Friday and early Saturday morning, officials said.
Paramedics were called to the 1200 block of West Sunnyside Avenue at 7:56 p.m. for a person shot, according to Chicago Fire Department Chief Juan Hernandez.
They took a man with multiple gunshot wounds to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition.
The man, age 29, was getting out of his four-door Volkswagen after parking it when two people came up to him and started shooting, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. The man suffered gunshot wounds in the face and several other parts of his body, and remained in critical condition early this morning.
The crime scene was on Sunnyside Avenue between Racine and Magnolia. Multiple shell casings and a small pool of blood could be seen in a nearby alley.
In a separate incident tonight in the city’s West Englewood neighborhood, at least three people were shot in the 5900 block of South Wood Street about 7 p.m., according to authorities.
One man shot in the torso or abdomen was taken in serious-to-critical condition to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, while another man was taken in fair-to-serious condition to Holy Cross Hospital with a gunshot wound to the foot, according to the fire department and police. The man taken to Stroger was in serious condition, while the one taken to Holy Cross was in good condition, Estrada said.
Both men were 23 years old, said Estrada. The third person, a 15-year-old boy, walked into Holy Cross Hospital with a gunshot wound to his calf.
The two men were walking together on Wood Street when a man came up to them on foot and started shooting at them, Estrada said. The boy was somewhere else on the block and was not believed to have been a target of the shooting, Estrada said.
Two others may have walked into Stroger hospital with wounds from the shooting but police and the fire department were providing conflicting information about whether that happened.
A 19-year-old man was shot about 8:18 p.m. in the 5400 block of South Albany Avenue in the Gage Park neighborhood. The man was in the 3000 block of West 54th Street when a green vehicle approached and someone began shooting from the vehicle, Estrada said. Witnesses did not have a detailed description of the vehicle, or indicate which direction it went after the shooting stopped.
The attacker or attackers fired numerous shots, and the victim was struck once in the chest and taken to Mount Sinai Hospitla, where he was in critical condition, police said.
A 25-year-old walked into West Suburban Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his ankle about 7:10 p.m., Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said. He was shot in the 200 block of South Lavergne Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood.
In earlier attacks Friday afternoon, two teenage boys were shot in separate incidents in the Cragin and South Shore neighborhoods, authorities said.
A 16-year-old boy was stabilized and taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital following a shooting near Lavergne Avenue and Henderson Street, according to Hernandez.
The boy was standing on the street in the 5000 block of West Henderson about 3:30 p.m. when a group of boys or men in a white SUV drove up. The SUV stopped, and at least one person got out and shot at the boy, hitting him in the leg, said News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien. The SUV may have been a Chevrolet Blazer, O’Brien said, citing preliminary information.
The boy was believed to have shouted out slogans for a gang he belongs to as the SUV drove up, and those in the SUV belonged to a rival gang and shot him after he shouted the slogans, a police source said.
Earlier in the South Shore neighborhood, a 15-year-old boy was taken to Jackson Park Hospital with his condition stabilized after he was found wounded in the 1300 block of East 76th Street, according to the fire department.
The boy was shot in the left arm in the 1400 block of East 76th Street, said News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti, who said she could not confirm the victim’s age because News Affairs had not yet received a report on the incident. The shooting happened at 1:49 p.m., police said.
Early Saturday morning, two men were shot in the East Garfield Park neighborhood in an attack witnessed by paramedics driving through the area. They’re both in serious-to-critical condition.
A couple minutes before that, a 23-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and taken to Roseland Hospital. He was in a back yard when he told police he “heard shots and felt pain,” Gaines said, in the 10600 block of South Lafayette Avenue in the Fernwood neighborhood.
Two others were shot in their legs about 4:02 a.m. in the 2700 block of South Ridgeway Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood – a 33-year-old man taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and a 26-year-old man taken to St. Anthony Hospital. An upside down crown — a gang symbol inverted and meant to show disrespect — was painted on a dumpster across from where the two were shot. Police said both men were gang members who did not cooperate with investigators.