CHICAGO (CBS) — Twenty-four people have been shot across the city over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, leaving seven dead, according to Chicago Police.
Shortly after midnight on Sunday on the West Side, Chicago Police officers chased and shot an armed man several times in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. Officers suspect he was involved in another shooting. Police found a 51-year-old woman shot in the chest and another woman who might have been injured in the initial shooting. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the incident.
The most recent killing happened Sunday morning in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood, police said. At 5:30 a.m., officers responded to a call of a person down and found a man unresponsive on the sidewalk in the 2600 block of West Van Buren. The man, believed to be in his 30s or 40s, suffered a gunshot wound to his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Earlier, a 34-year-old man was shot in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. At 1:13 a.m., the man was arguing with someone who fired shots in the 4700 block of West Polk. He was shot in his chest and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to authorities.
On Saturday night a 26-year-old man was shot in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. The man was outside about 6:55 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Rice when a vehicle drove by and someone inside fired shots, police said. He was shot multiple times and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the death Saturday night.
Earlier, two men, ages 27 and 39, were standing in the street at 8:05 a.m. in the 1100 block of South Francisco in the Lawndale neighborhood when someone got out of a black car and fired multiple shots, according to police. The shooter then got back into the vehicle and drove north on Francisco. The 27-year-old was shot in the head and chest and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner’s office has not released his name. The older man suffered a gunshot wound to the back and was also taken to Mount Sinai, where he was listed in good condition.
Another man was killed and a woman was wounded about 3:30 a.m. in the South Side Englewood neighborhood, where at least five people went into a house in the 6000 block of South Carpenter and shot two people repeatedly, authorities said. Tyrone Blake, 25, of the 6100 block of South Indiana, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:48 a.m. A 26-year-old woman was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital.
A 20-year-old man was slain shortly before 10 p.m. Friday in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Devonta Spraggins was driving east on 72nd Street when a white Ford Explorer pulled up to him near Washtenaw Avenue and someone inside it shot him in the chest, authorities said. Spraggins, who lived a block away in the 7200 block of South Talman, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m.
The weekend’s first fatal shooting happened about 4 p.m. in Austin, where a 21-year-old man got into an argument with someone who shot him repeatedly in the 600 block of North Central Avenue. He died at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, police said. His identity has not been released.
A 25-year-old man shot in the South Side Englewood neighborhood was the weekend’s most recent nonfatal shooting, police said. Just after 5 a.m. on Sunday, the man was standing in the 7300 block of South Union when someone walked up and opened fire. He was shot in the left leg and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in fair condition.
At least 11 other people have been shot in Chicago between 4 p.m. Friday and 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Nine people were shot in Chicago last weekend.
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