4 Dead, 31 Wounded In Shootings This Weekend
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UPDATED 06/25/12 11:10 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Two boys – ages 13 and 14 – were among four killed, and at least 31 others were wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend.
As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, one of the teenage victims – Antonio Davis, 14 – was gunned down during a drive-by shooting just before 9 p.m. Friday in near 69th Street and Union Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood.
Davis would have been a freshman this fall at Leo High School.
““Oh my God, please, if you all know who did, please! Please!” said Davis’ sobbing aunt, LaTrice Strong.
“Always something so senseless – we don’t know what happened,” said a tearful family friend, Nef White. “I just know that he shouldn’t have been at no party. He was at a party – she let him go to a party – and that was it. That’s what happened.”
Tyler’s family says he was out with his two older sisters near his home at 62nd and Rhodes Avenue in the West Woodlawn neighborhood.
A fight broke out between two groups of gang members, and the boy was shot in the chest.
Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Hansen Jackson, 29, was shot several times in the chest in the 3700 block of West Chicago Avenue on the cusp of the Humboldt Park and East Garfield Park neighborhoods, and later died at Mount Sinai Hospital.
A person of interest was being questioned in Jackson’s death early Monday.
Around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Anthony Jones, 22, was shot and killed near 130th Street and Eberhart Avenue in the Far South Side’s Golden Gate neighborhood just west of the Altgeld Gardens public housing development.
Additional details were not immediately available.
At least 31 others, including two other teen boys, were wounded in shootings throughout the city:
The boys, ages 14 and 15, were playing basketball in the 2400 block of East 74th Street when about 8:45 p.m. Saturday someone approached on foot and shot at them, police said.
The 15-year-old was taken in stable condition to Jackson Park Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg and the 14-year-old was taken in fair condition to Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago Medical Center with gunshots to the back and shoulder, police said.
Violence also struck one of the city’s most popular areas – where the floats would be staged at the end of the Gay Pride Parade about 36 hours later.
A man was shot, and two other people were hit by a vehicle, in the suspected gang-related incident about 4 a.m. Saturday in front of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, police said.
A group of at least six people were walking outside when two dark vehicles approached, police spokesman Robert Perez said. One of the vehicles veered off the road and struck a 25-year-old man, then turned around and struck a 21-year-old woman.
While fleeing the scene, someone from one of the vehicles opened fire and shot a 26-year-old man, on Cannon Drive north of Fullerton Drive, Perez said. That victim was shot in the shoulder and taken in serious condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The woman and man injured by the vehicle were taken in serious condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Perez said.
One of the latest shootings happened amid the rowhouses of the Cabrini-Green public housing development – the only part of the once-sprawling Near North Side project that remains.
The 36-year-old man was shot in the arm and back in the 800 block of North Cambridge Avenue about 12:16 a.m., police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.
The man told police he didn’t know what happened, just that he heard gunfire and realized he’d been shot.
He was taken in serious condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Gaines said.
Over the weekend, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said his goal is to keep taking guns and drugs off the streets.
“We have a lot of violence, but the fact is, we have to keep doing what we’re doing, because the trend is actually turning. You would never know it, but the trend is actually turning. It’s hard to tell that for somebody who hears gunfire,” McCarthy said over the weekend.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.
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