Weekend Shootings Leave 7 Dead; All But 1 On West Side

CHICAGO (CBS) — Seven people were shot and killed during a violent weekend throughout the city, and all but one of the victims were slain on the West Side.

The shooting began around noon Friday when Aaron Brown, 26, was shot dead in the 3600 block of West Ohio Street, authorities said.

Police said Brown and several other young people were on the street corner when somebody opened fire. Nobody else was wounded.

Brown, of the 3000 block of West Washington Boulevard, was pronounced dead at 12:37 p.m. Friday at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office. A Saturday autopsy determined he died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Michele Fiore reports, the victim, also known by the name Quinto Brown, once walked the halls of the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 4301 W. Washington Blvd., as a junior usher.

Pastors gathered Sunday at the church to denounce the violence.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Michele Fiore reports

Brown’s grandmother still attends, said the Rev. Ira Acree.

“One of the things that was interesting to me, ministering to the Brown family, is how matter-of-factly we have to often encounter this kind of trauma,” Acree said.

Acree said society will have to pay for violence up front or on the back side, so it’s best do it now by paying for education and keeping kids off the streets.

“We’ve got to invest in these kids,” he said. “These are our children.”

Brown was only the first victim to lose his life. Around 9:25 p.m. Friday, a 23-year-old man — identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Jovan Richardson — was shot while driving south on Kilpatrick Avenue approaching Jackson Boulevard, police said.

Richardson, of the 3700 block of West Lexington Street, was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m. Friday at. Hospital of Cook County, the medical examiner’s office said. A Saturday autopsy determined he died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

Police said nobody else was in the vehicle and nobody else was hurt.

About the same time, a 19-year-old man — identified by the medical examiner’s office as Jonathon Banks — was shot in the 1400 block of South Trumbull Avenue, police said.

Banks, of the 3800 block of West Arthington Street, was pronounced dead at 12:09 a.m. Saturday at Mount Sinai Hospital, the medical examiner’s office said. A Sunday autopsy determined he died of a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a homicide.

About 1:45 a.m. Saturday, man and woman in a car were fatally shot in the 2000 block of West Polk Street, police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said. A gunman opened fire into a parked four-door Chevrolet, and officers patrolling the area responded quickly and found the wounded.

Dennis Praten, 32, of the 4200 block of West Maypole Avenue, was dead on the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office. A Saturday autopsy determined he died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

Nicole Robinson, 37, of the 2700 block of West Polk Street, was pronounced dead at 2:14 a.m. Saturday at Mount Sinai Hospital, the medical examiner’s office said. She too died of multiple gunshot wounds and the medical examiner’s office also ruled her death a homicide.

About the same time, Torrence Wright was at a graduation party in a vacant lot in the 5200 block of South Wood Street when an unidentified gunman fired several shots into the crowd, police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said.

Wright, 20, of the 5100 block of South Wolcott Avenue, was pronounced dead at 8:17 p.m. Saturday at Stroger Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office. Police said he was shot in the head. Wright was known to police and had gang affiliations, authorities said.

Around 10:10 p.m. Saturday, police found a man — identified by the medical examiner’s office as Earl Smith, 24, — unresponsive outside in the 4200 block of West Potomac Avenue about 10:10 p.m. Saturday, police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines said.

Smith, of the 1200 block of North Kildare Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:18 p.m. Saturday, the medical examiner’s office said. A Sunday autopsy determined he suffered multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

Chicago Police detectives are investigating, but no charges had been filed in any of the shootings as of Monday morning.

At the Sunday event at New Mount Pilgrim, the Rev. Marshall Hatch said whether it’s mob violence near the Magnificent Mile or shootings on the West Side, the entire city needs to be concerned.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Pothead

    Too many POlice on the southside this weekend ?

    • Curt

      South side, west side….put a fence around the whole area and let them all kill each other.

  • Business as usual

    I almost died when I read that all of the shooting were on the west side but one. I thought, o my God have the Northsiders gone crazy. Then my fears were allayed when I found out the other shooting was on the south side. Long live segregation.

  • ismael martinez

    My posting did not show up so i guess it was censored. i just read the news on this website to see how many people got shot in Chicago. I actually watch the news on channel 5

  • NWA

    Even after reading the comments from two reverends who were expressing their concern about the city, you negative racist jerks still post your racist B.S. There was a story yesterday about two white men who tried to bomb a bank. No comments on that story. And, there were two white men who murdered their wives. Not to forget the white guy who murdered his mother and father, yet not a comment. As for your parents who raised you in their likeness, do they think like you?


    • Leroy Goldberg


      Your shame and embarrassment is clearly evident, I’m sorry you are Black too.

    • g-man

      What you miss is that the 2 reverunds DO NOT show any cocern about stopping welfare momma from getting pregnant over 10 times from different dadies and then staying on welfare “cause the white be kepping her down” How many times is it the white mans fault that Toilletta gets pregnant multiple times and never gets a job?? Is it the white mans fault that little pookie can not read yet graduates high school ??? Is it white mans fault that Rev. Jacka## always makes millions off the white man but cries broke to his homies??

    • empirical

      NWA- yes white crime exists but that doesn’t justify the carnage that occurs in the black community. Many times, black citizens, when interviewed in the media say that they feel safer in white areas than black areas.

  • empirical

    Typical Monday morning crime stats. What is interesting is that the media has gone to great pains while reporting the mess on Michigan Av. to try to get the citizens to believe that race is not an issue with regard to crime. The stats say otherwise. Then the “leaders” of the black community bemoan the fact that the crime on Michigan Av is typical of what happens in the black community on a daily basis and the white community doesn’t care crime in black areas. As if it’s payback time. The white community can’t solve the problems of the black community and the black “leaders” reject the white community’s intervention except of course for the money, which is never enough. Wake up and take responsibility. Jesse, Meeks and Pfleger you have failed your community.

  • Citizen for a Livable Chicago

    It’s a sad comment on society. Every Monday we can expect these type of numbers. No one has an answer. Again I say, the police need to start stopping everything that moves without fear of being punished. I cannot believe that the communities involved are not calling for such action.Behavioral profile, get the guns before they can be used. If the police unset the gang bangers who cares.
    Unfortunately only so many police to spread out. Some soul searching, send the police to the high crime areas, or, send them to the Art Fairs, Tast of, Parades, Garden Walks, Charity runs, There is only so many police for so many activities. Priority, Of course maybe someone should tell all the festivals and parties if they want police at their events, higher off duty police officers and you pay for them. Just a suggestion.

  • WOZ


    • lyndia

      come on now, you take the land from the indians, by killing them off with disease and stravation, you bring africians to this land to work it for you lazy white a@@. You get involved in most wars, (you people love to kill) Your kids kill entire families not to mention committing all kind of FREAKEST types of crimes and you got the nerve to call someone animals?

      • Mr. Justice

        @ lyndia, please stop telling the lies. Use logic. G-man is correct. And as in regards to taking the land from the Indians, that is what happens in the world when one group of people dominates another group of people. To the victor goes the spoils. Same thing has happened and is happening in Africa.

      • g-man

        At least back then they worked now they just collect welfare and the link card. Old time homies are a different breed then any of the current useless ones. And you must remember that it was blacks that rounded up their fellow blacks in Africa not the white man

  • lyndia

    Since their aim as gottn better, maybe you will be the next victim.

  • George K Johnson

    i’m so glad hat i have grown n my life that i am concerned for all americans, truly when incicdent happens n the mosly white community like the young mentally impaired man that killed his neihbors i felt sad 4 young man who survied without his parrents. these crime r serious and these people were loved by someone and to post those horrible things onlone about my community and my people is sadder to me then the crimes itself,remember Ken state , collubine and i could go on,….We as americans must removed the right to bare arms from our constitution for all of our safty and we have to stop hating other, Thank You Jesus ,I don’t hate white people no mo……..kevikev

    • Sam Inella

      HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa, moron !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sam Inella

      @Mr. George, What exactly is supper power? As for the rest of your comment, where the hell did you go to school? HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa…………

    • Mr. Justice

      @ George K Johnson…… You might want to consider going to college. Wow, I am shocked by your dialogue.

    • GawdHelpEm

      A product of CPS? No mo right to bare arms, long sleeves fo everybody! Hahaha!

      • George K Johnson

        they put that in the constitution so that if we were invaded by anyone people would have access to weapons to defend themselves they never imagined that n their wildest dreams that we would be the last supper power to exist before we go to a one world goverment and we could never be invaded so there is no need for everyone to have guns preiod. and don’t be scared we band alot of things in the constitutions yo privacy for one and no liquids on planes . and on average most of us don’t have ’em anyway just the criminals and the cops and europeans who like to shot their families and co workers and of course my blks neihbors who have nothing better to do no the weekends u c we all win when we take them away, so say goodby and let move on to the positive………..kevikev

  • George K Johnson

    And on that CPS comment ,dis hear b hy we talk online an i don’t hafta ues the Kings English no mo……….kevikev

    • Oscar

      Please, Mr. George, enlighten us with your clever satire.

  • GawdHelpEm

    George, you are a product of the CPS. The 2nd Amendment was created to protect the people from a tyrannical government. And with over 200 million guns in the U.S., there are more than just a few people in possession of them. Now go and read a book, and don’t worry about your last supper.

  • damshame

    Why does the media keep posting these types of stories? Make me wonder are they trying to destroy images of all african americans. Report something else for starters.

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