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Nine dead, 46 wounded in weekend shootings

Family friends gather mourn Joseph Briggs outside family home south Rockwell. Friend Janice Watssigns memorial as Joesph's sister Maggie17 right

Family and friends gather to mourn Joseph Briggs outside the family home on south Rockwell. Friend Janice Watson signs a memorial as Joesph's sister Maggie,17, right, looks on. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

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Updated: July 12, 2012 6:10AM



Nine people have died – including a 16-year-old boy – and at least 46 others have been wounded in separate weekend shootings across the city. A bloody overnight stretch from late Saturday into early Sunday alone saw 20 people wounded.

The first shooting happened about 4:43 p.m. on Friday in the 5100 block of South May Street when two men were killed and three others were wounded.

The five were standing outside when two unknown males approached them on foot and fired shots, police said in a statement.

Rashuan Stephany, 22, of the 1300 block of West 49th Street, and Mario Jackson, 26, of the 5100 block of South Morgan Street, died a short time later at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

An 18-year-old man shot in the buttocks and a 24-year-old man shot in the hand were also taken to Stroger, police said, adding that both men were in “stable” condition.

Police said someone drove a fifth victim -- a 39-year-old man -- to Provident Hospital of Cook County, where he was listed in good condition with a gunshot wound to the arm.

The second fatal shooting happened about 12:49 a.m. on Saturday during an apparent robbery attempt, according to police.

Kenneth J. Jones, 27, of the 3800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in the 6800 block of South Indiana Avenue, officials said.

At 10:20 a.m., two brothers were sitting inside a sedan parked on 111th Street near South Edbrooke Avenue when a dark-colored sports-utility vehicle drove up and shots were fired, police said.

Derrick Wilkerson, 21, of the 11800 block of South Indiana Avenue, was shot in the chest and later pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, authorities said.

His 19-year-old brother suffered gunshot wounds to the arms and was in “stable” condition, police said.

The youngest to die from weekend gun violence was a 16-year-old boy shot on his front porch in the 6100 block of South Rockwell Street, police said. Shots were fired from a gray vehicle about 8 p.m., police said, adding that the shooting might be gang-related.

Joseph Briggs, 16, of the 6100 block of South Rockwell Street, was pronounced dead at 1:40 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

At 2:20 a.m. Sunday, Donnell Smith, 49, suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach in the 7500 block of South Drexel Avenue, authorities said.

Smith, of the 8100 South Talman Avenue, was pronounced dead at Stroger at 10:11 a.m. on Sunday, the medical examiner’s office said.

In all, at least 37 people -- mostly men -- suffered non-life-threatening injuries in separate shootings on the South and West sides since Friday afternoon.

The overnight hours from late Saturday to early Sunday alone saw 20 people wounded, many of whom were injured in shootings that hurt multiple people, police said.

Just two separate shootings in the Southwest Side Lawndale neighborhood -- in the 1300 block of South Avers Avenue and the 3300 block of West Douglas Boulevard -- left 10 people wounded late Saturday and early Sunday. The most seriously hurt was a 17-year-old shot in the abdomen at the Douglas Boulevard Address and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition.

Three people died during shootings late Sunday to early Monday that left nine others wounded, police said.

Two people died after someone produced a handgun and fired several shots into a crowd of people in the 700 block of West 50th Place about 11:15 p.m. Sunday, hitting five people, police said.

Jonathan Duncan, 22, of the 5200 block of South Racine Avenue was pronounced dead at 12:17 a.m. Monday at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County after being shot multiple times, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Shondell Adams, 21, of the 700 block of West 50th Place, was pronounced dead at 12:55 a.m. at Provident Hospital of Cook County, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Three others were wounded in the shooting but were hospitalized in good condition.

A 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the chest when an unknown gunman fired five or six shots about 2:15 a.m. Monday at a vehicle in the 9300 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, according to police.

The man who was in the passenger seat of the vehicle –- was identified as Dante Kyles of the 400 block of East 88th St. -- and taken to Trinity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:59 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.



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