Three Dead, Nine Wounded In Thursday Shootings

CHICAGO (CBS) — Three people were killed — including a Chicago Public Schools employee — and nine were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Thursday.

The latest fatal shooting happened at 9:15 p.m. in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, according to Chicago Police.

A 31-year-old man was sitting on a porch in the 5700 block of South Peoria when a Dodge Challenger drove past and gunshots were fired, police said. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the man unresponsive on the ground and unresponsive.

He was shot in the head and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:13 p.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office and police said.

A 20-year-old man was sitting in a chair on the sidewalk in the 7800 block of South East End in South Shore shortly after 4 p.m. when a white SUV pulled up and someone exited the vehicle, stood over the man and fired shots, police said. He was shot several times in the torso and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The medical examiner’s office did not immediately confirm the fatality.

A Chicago Public Schools employee was shot to death about 12:30 p.m. outside an elementary school in the West Side Austin neighborhood, police said.

Denzel D. Thornton, 25, was getting into a parked vehicle in the 4800 block of West Walton when someone walked up and shot him in the head, police and the medical examiner’s office said. The shooter then ran to a black car nearby and drove away.

The shooting occurred in front of Ronald McNair Elementary School, located at 4820 W. Walton St. Thornton worked as a compliance specialist for CPS Nutrition Services for the past 10 months, and was making his regular rounds at the time, according to a statement from CPS.

Thornton, of the 800 block of West Buena, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:38 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said.

The school’s 8th grade student graduation was scheduled for later Thursday afternoon and took place as planned.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened at 10:30 p.m. in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.

A 22-year-old man was walking on the sidewalk in the 11700 block of South Peoria when a male walked up from behind and shot him in the left leg, according to police. He was taken to Christ Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2016. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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