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4 Dead, 33 Wounded In Weekend Shootings

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CHICAGO (STMW) – Four people were killed and at least 33 others were wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon.

The most recent fatality happened early Sunday in the South Side Washington Park neighborhood. Corey Brownlee, 32, was shot in the chest about 2:40 a.m. in the 6000 block of South Indiana Avenue, authorities said. Brownlee, who lived on the same block where he was shot, was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he was pronounced dead at 3:26 a.m., authorities said. A 27-year-old woman was also injured in that shooting and taken to Stroger with a gunshot wound to the right leg, where she is listed in “stable” condition, police said.

About two hours earlier, a man was fatally shot in the South Side Gage Park neighborhood. Joshua Martinez, 20, was found unresponsive with gunshot wounds to the head and back in the 3000 block of West 53rd Place about 1 a.m., authorities said. Martinez, of the 4900 block of South Karlov Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:26 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. A 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged in connection with Martinez’s death and is not expected to appear in bond court Monday.

Another man was shot to death Friday night in the South Shore neighborhood. Shannon Mack, 34, was shot multiple times in the 2800 block of East 76th Street at 9:26 p.m., police said. Mack, of the 6800 block of South Crandon Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:45 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

Earlier Friday afternoon, a 17-year-old girl was killed and two men were wounded in a shooting in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side.The shooting happened about 3:30 p.m. in the 6400 block of South Eberhart Avenue, police said.

The girl, Gakirah Barnes, of the 8000 block of South South Shore Drive, suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 5:43 p.m., authorities said.

In a recent non-fatal shooting, a woman is in critical condition after being shot multiple times while driving early Sunday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side.

The 28-year-old was driving an SUV in the 900 block of North Kedzie Avenue at 12:30 a.m. when someone in a dark-colored SUV pulled up alongside her and opened fire, police said. The woman was shot in the head, chest and back and taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, police said. A male passenger in her vehicle was not wounded.

At least 29 other people have been shot and wounded since Friday afternoon throughout Chicago.

“While Chicago continues to see reductions in crime and violence, there’s obviously much more work to be done and we continue to be challenged by lax state and federal gun laws,” Chicago Police spokesman Adam Collins said in a statement.

“From our officers to our police strategies to the city’s strengthened investments in youth violence prevention to our close partnership with residents and community leaders, no one will rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety,” Collins said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)