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5 dead, 29 wounded in weekend violence

Updated: August 6, 2012 9:51AM



Five men are dead and at least 29 people were wounded in acts of violence around the city this weekend.

The weekend’s first fatality occurred early Saturday when a 20-year-old man was beaten and stabbed outside a gas station in the River North area early Saturday. A man who had recently moved to Chicago from Puerto Rico was stabbed to death in a fight with a group of people.

About 3:45 a.m. Saturday, 20-year-old Eric Lopez, was with some other people in a van at the BP gas station at LaSalle and Ontario. A “party bus” pulled into the gas station, gang signs were flashed, and a physical altercation ensued, a law enforcement source said.

The van drove off and the man fled on foot with people from the party bus following him on foot. When the others in the van noticed that he was not in the van with them, they turned back and found the man in the 600 block of North LaSalle Street, suffering from multiple stab wounds, the source said.

A relative of his, a 17-year-old boy, was also stabbed at that location and suffered multiple lacerations, according to police. The boy was treated at a Northwestern Memorial Hospital and released.

Lopez was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:18 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The source said Lopez, who had recently moved to Chicago from Puerto Rico, has no record of a criminal history.

A 19-year-old man died after initially being in critical condition when he was shot in the head in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side early Sunday.

He was in the 4900 block of North Whipple Street about 2:40 a.m. when he was shot in the head, police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said.

Sameer Barakat, of the 4900 block of North Whipple Street, was pronounced dead at Illinois Masonic Medical center at 9:04 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

A man was found shot multiple times in the Bronzeville neighborhood Sunday evening.

Frederick Giles, 21, of an unknown address, was found dead of multiple gunshots in the 5000 block of South Wabash Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

He was unresponsive when police arrived on the scene at about 7:01 p.m., according to police News Affairs.

A 22-year-old was killed in a shooting in the South Shore neighborhood Sunday night.

The man, 22, was shot in the armpit in the 7300 block of South Oglesby Avenue at about 10:09 p.m., according to police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines.

He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Gaines said.

A man died after being shot in the chest early Monday in the Far South Side Washington Heights neighborhood.

The man -- identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Perry L. Williams of the 2700 block of West 90th Place in Evergreen Park -- was found shot in a vehicle in the 10400 block of South Vincennes Avenue about 12:41 a.m., police said.

A source said the man was actually shot in the 9800 block of South Throop Street. He then called his wife and asked her to meet him at a fire station on 104th Street.

He drove there and was treated by paramedics there who then transported him to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he died, the source said.

Police News Affairs said it was unclear where exactly the man had been shot.

At least 28 others were wounded in weekend shootings, including a 22-year-old man who was shot by a male who disguised his face with a T-shirt in the 2700 block of East 74th Street about 9:45 p.m. Sunday.



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