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2 Dead, 20 Wounded In Weekend Gun Violence

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(STMW) — Two men were shot dead and 20 others have been wounded in gun violence across the city over the Easter weekend, including a father and his 12-year-old son who were shot as they got out of a vehicle.

Eugenio Solano, a 23-year-old alleged gang member, was the first man slain this weekend when shots rang out about 8:05 p.m. Friday in the Logan Square neighborhood. A 44-year-old man who was with Solano was also wounded.

The two were walking in the 1800 block of North Francisco Avenue when three men approached and asked for directions, police said. Then one of the men pulled out a gun and opened fire. The 44-year-old man suffered a minor gunshot wound to the hand as he ran away.

Solano, of the of the 1700 block of North Francisco, was shot in the chest and died on the scene, less than a block from his home.

Early Sunday 19-year-old Akeem Manago became the weekend’s second homicide victim when he was shot to death on the West Side.

His murder occurred during a particularly bloody hour, starting just after 1:30 a.m. During that time span of time eight people were shot, including Manago.

About 1:50 a.m. Manago was walking with a 23-year-old man in the 1300 block of block of West Hastings Street when four gunmen approached from behind and opened fire, authorities said.

The 23-year-old man was struck in the leg and taken to a hospital in good condition. Manago, of the 3700 block of South Wells Street, died less than an hour later, authorities said.

Minutes before, in the northwest corner of the Loop, a 28-year-old man was shot when he answered the front door of his home in the 2000 block of West Randolph Street, police said.

The man heard a knock at his door, and when he answered he was shot in the leg. He was listed in “stable” condition Sunday morning.

Police could not immediately say if the man knew the gunman.

About 2:15 a.m. a 33-year-old man walked into John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County with a gunshot wound to his arm. The man told police he was outside the United Center when he heard a gunshot and felt pain.

Meanwhile, police responded to a shooting just three blocks away. There, officers found a 35-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg in the 2000 block of West Maypole Avenue. Both men were listed in good condition Sunday morning. It is unclear if the shootings are related.

In Englewood three men were shot about 2:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of West 68th Place. One of the men was found at the scene with a gunshot wound to the leg. He was listed in good condition Sunday morning. The other men were located when police pulled over two vehicles that fled the area.

One of the men was found after officers pulled over a Buick LeSabre several blocks from the shooting. A 23-year-old man in the car had gunshot wounds in his leg and face, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital where he was listed in stable condition Sunday morning.

The other man was located when police pulled over a van near the scene. A 20-year-old man in the van had a bullet graze wound to the head but refused medical help, police said.

No arrests were made.

About 6 a.m. Sunday, a man was shot in the 4300 block of North Elston Avenue, police said. The 40-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and was listed in good condition at Swedish Covenent Hospital.

On Saturday, five people were injured in shootings. An 18-year-old woman who was shot five minutes after midnight in the Garfield Park neighborhood was the day’s first victim. She was listed in good condition early Saturday with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said.

About 9:40 a.m. Saturday, a 38-year-old man and his 12-year-old son were wounded in a shooting in the 5300 block of South Prairie Avenue.

The two were getting out of a vehicle at the rear of a home when someone opened fire, striking father and son with bullets, police said. Gunfire struck the father in the right foot and the boy in the right thigh.

The man drove the two to Provident Hospital of Cook County, police said. Police said Saturday evening that the boy would be transferred to Comer Children’s Hospital. The two were both listed in good condition with non life-threatening injuries.

In addition to one man who was shot to death on Friday, six other people were injured in gun violence.

About 11:45 p.m. Friday, a man was shot in the head while riding in a car in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.

Police said the 35-year-old man was a passenger in a Chevrolet Impala traveling in the 6900 block of South Indiana Avenue when the car passed several people fighting on the street. Shots were fired and the man was struck in the head by a bullet.

The driver of the Impala fled the area, traveling several blocks from the scene of the shooting to the 6500 block of South State Street.

The wounded man, who is believed to be a gang member and did not cooperate with investigators, was listed in “stable” condition Saturday morning, police said.

In addition to Friday’s seven victims of gun violence, Chicago Police shot a 17-year-old boy who allegedly pointed a gun at officers during a foot chase Friday.

Police said the boy, part of a group suspected of firing shots in the area, was running from officers about 3:15 p.m. near East 95th Street and South Jeffrey Boulevard when he aimed the gun at them.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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