miércoles, 31 de julio de 2013

2 killed in city shootings on South, North sides - Chicago Tribune

A teenager was shot to death and man was killed in separate attacks Sunday afternoon on opposite ends of the city, authorities said.

Two other shootings, one in the evening and one late Sunday night, left three other people injured.

The more recent of the fatal shootings happened in the Rogers Park neighborhood. A 22-year-old man was shot in the head at 3:43 p.m. in the 1600 block of West Jonquil Terrace, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien. The man was dead on the scene.

A crowd gathered along Howard Street, in front of the Willye B. White Park, where the man's body lay under a white sheet, just east of the park field house. A small group held an impromptu prayer vigil for the man, whom a few in the crowd knew.

"There's too many killings going on right now, man," said a man who led the prayer vigil and identified himself only as J.W. "We need to stop this, man, we need to stop it."

As police investigated, groups around the crime scene grew, until police expanded the area cordoned off with police tape and a police sergeant retrieved a rifle from his squad car trunk in case of trouble. It appeared fights almost broke out on the edge of the crime scene, but the crowds calmed somewhat when police expanded the taped off area.

Earlier, in the city's South Deering community on the Far South Side, someone shot a person described only as a male in his mid- to late teens at 2:50 p.m. in the 10500 block of South Oglesby Avenue, said O'Brien.

O'Brien said the victim was in his teens, and the Chicago Fire Department tweeted that the victim is 18 and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

The Cook County medical examiner's office said the victim was 16 and was declared dead at Northwestern at 3:39 p.m., but declined to release his identification, pending family notification.

Sunday night, a shooting in the West Side's Lawndale neighborhood left two people injured, at least one of them critically, according to police.

The shooting happened about 11 p.m. in the 4000 block of West Cullerton Street, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said, citing preliminary information.

A 35-year-old man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, Greer said. A 37-year-old was also taken to Sinai after being shot in the back, according to police.

Earler, a man in his 30s was shot in the leg Sunday evening in the 5000 block of North Kenmore Avenue. He was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital for treatment, where his condition had stabilized, O'Brien said.

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