(STMW) — Nine people were shot across Chicago — including two 17-year-old boys — since Friday evening.
One of the teens was shot and critically wounded near Rainbow PUSH headquarters in the Kenwood neighborhood.
The 17-year-old was walking in the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard about 7:35 p.m. when a minivan drove up and someone inside fired shots, striking the teen in the back, police said. He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. He was listed in critical condition early Saturday.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson said he was conducting a town hall meeting on education when he was told of the shooting outside.
“I rushed out, the police had come, they had put him on a stretcher,” Jackson told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Jackson said paramedics worked on the wounded teen for about 20 minutes and they then took him to Stroger Hospital. Jackson also went to the hospital.
“The tragedy is, they could’ve used the University of Chicago hospital just around the corner,” Jackson said. “But it’s not a trauma level hospital.”
A police source said the boy is a documented gang member.
Most recently, a man was injured in an Auburn Gresham neighborhood drive-by shooting.
The 27-year-old man was standing in the street about 4:20 a.m. Saturday near West 80th and South Justine streets, when a black sedan drove by and someone inside fired shots in his direction, police said. The man suffered gunshot wounds to both legs and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was listed in “stable” condition. Police believe the shooting may be gang-related.
Just after 3 a.m., a man was shot in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.
The 25-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to the right arm and abdomen in the 11900 block of South Yale Avenue, police said. He was listed in “stable” condition at Roseland Community Hospital.
At 12:54 a.m. in Austin, a 39-year-old man was in the 5000 block of West Madison Street, when an unknown person, armed with a handgun, walked up and demanded money, police said. The man handed over an unspecified amount of cash, and the unknown person ordered him to lie on the ground, police said. When the man refused, he was shot in the leg.
The person then drove off, west on Madison, police said. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg, police said. He was listed in good condition.
Late Friday, a 17-year-old boy and a man, 21, were shot in the Washington Park neighborhood.
The two were standing outside in the 6000 block of South Prairie Avenue about 11 p.m. when they heard shots ring out and realized they had been struck, police said. The boy was shot in the back and was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. The man suffered a graze wound to the shoulder, and was also taken to Stroger where he was treated and released.
About 9:35 p.m. in the South Deering neighborhood, a 22-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to the leg and foot.
The man was standing in the 2400 block of East 99th Street when a vehicle drove by and someone inside fired shots, police said. He was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital in good condition. A police source said the man is a documented gang member.
Earlier Friday evening, two people were shot in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.
The possible drive-by attack happened just after 6 p.m. in the 8000 block of South Paulina Street, police said. A 40-year-old woman shot in the ankle was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, and a 42-year-old man was struck in both arms and the leg was taken to Christ Medical Center, police said. Both were listed in “stable” condition.
No one has been charged in connection with any of the shootings as area detectives investigate.
(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)