10 dead, at least 39 others wounded in weekend violence
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE March 19, 2012 7:42AM
Updated: March 19, 2012 7:55AM
Ten people were killed and at least 39 others were wounded in shootings across the city this weekend.
Most of the victims, male and female, ranged in age from their mid-teens to 30s, with the notable exception of a 6-year-old girl who was shot dead as she played on the front porch of her home in the Little Village neighborhood.
Neighbors said Aliyah Shell was playing on the porch of her home in the 3100 block of South Springfield Avenue about 3:40 p.m. Saturday while her parents sat on the front steps. A small gray pickup truck stopped in the street and one person inside got out and fired four shots -- two of them hitting the little girl.
Aliyah was struck twice and initially was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. She was declared dead at 5:24 p.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.
Detectives recovered a gun and were questioning two men who have been charged shooting.
Besides the death of the 6-year-old girl, this weekend’s fatal shootings include:
Joel Sanroman, 42, shot in the head early Saturday as he drove in the 3100 block of West 53rd Street in the Gage Park neighborhood.
Adrian Cruz, 24, shot multiple times around 7 p.m. Saturday while standing in the 5900 block of South Fairfield Avenue in Chicago Lawn.
Vincent Fitts, 22, found shot in the head at 7:50 p.m. Saturday near 79th and Cottage Grove Avenue.
Jeremy Anthony, 24, who police believe drove himself to the University of Chicago Medical Center after being shot in the back while sitting in his car in the 6300 block of South Ellis Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood.
Bert Lindsey, 36, killed early Sunday from shots fired from a passing vehicle into a backyard party in the 7500 block of South Wolcott Avenue in Auburn-Gresham.
Equilla Coleman, 24, and two others were found shot early Sunday in the 1400 block of West 53rd after police nearby heard gunfire and found them with gunshot wounds.
Anthony Scott, 19, died Sunday -- two days after he was shot in the 6300 block of North Oakley Avenue by a man who called him over to his vehicle.
George Marrero, 27, was killed at 10:50 p.m. Sunday during a gang-related drive-by shooting in the 1300 block of North Harding Avenue.
An unidentified 34-year-old man was shot multiple times in the chest about 1:35 a.m. Monday. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he later died.
Non-fatal shootings ranged across the city from Jefferson Park to West Pullman. Among them were a 1-year-old girl and her mother, both grazed by bullets Sunday afternoon in the South Side Chatham neighborhood.
Most recently, a man was shot in both legs about 1:45 a.m. while sitting in Ogden Park in the South Side Englewood neighborhood, police said. He was taken in serious condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
At least 33 others were wounded in shootings since Friday evening.