2 killed, 24 others shot in Chicago this weekend
BY MITCH DUDEK AND JIM SCALZITTI Staff Reporters September 2, 2012 12:25PM
Man was found slumped over the wheel of his vehicle, dead of multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot of Joseph Warren Elementary School, 9200 block of S. Chappel Avenue, Sunday September 2, 2012 . | John H. White~Sun-Times
Updated: October 4, 2012 6:17AM
With crack cocaine in his hand and a bullet wound in his neck, Jeffrey Smith was found early Sunday morning slumped over in the front seat of a car parked yards from a South Side grade school — one of two killed and 24 overall shot in weekend gun violence.
An 11-year-old girl also was among the wounded since Friday.
Smith, 31, of south suburban Monee, was found in the parking lot of the Joseph Warren Elementary School on the 9200 block of South Chappel — adjacent to the grassy field where dozens of kids in blue and white uniforms will play when the new school year begins Tuesday.
Nearby residents in the Calumet Heights neighborhood said the sound of gunfire has become increasingly common in the last year.
“I heard four shots around 3:30 a.m.,” said a neighbor who asked not to be named. “But you’re really going to hear something tonight. There will be some kind of retaliation. I guarantee it.”
Police would not say whether three nearby security cameras captured images of the shooting. No one was in custody as of Sunday evening.
Authorities initially misidentified the victim, sending news media to the home of another man in the Englewood area, who assured news reporters Sunday morning he was very much alive.
The shooting death of a 45-year-old woman in the Uptown neighborhood also contributed to the spike in homicides this year.
The woman, whom police have not identified, was found early Sunday in an apartment at Broadway and Montrose. Police were questioning a man.
At 11 p.m. Sunday night, four people — including an 11-year-old girl — were wounded in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the South Side, officials said.
The four people were in a backyard in the 9100 block of South Chappel Ave. attending a family party, when two male suspects approached on foot about 10:44 p.m. and opened fire, police said.
The girl was taken by a family member to Adocate Trinity Hospital with a graze wound to the left calf.
An 18-year-old man was shot in the right elbow; a boy, 16, was shot in the back and a 51-year-old woman was shot in her buttocks, officials said.
On Friday night, a man and a woman were shot on the 100 block of North Damen — a block away from the United Center — after an argument. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition.
Gunfire also wounded people in the River North, West Town and Belmont Craigin neighborhoods.
A gunman on a bicycle shot a 25-year-old man in the leg during an attempted robbery as the victim exited a nightclub early Sunday on the 700 block of North Franklin. The bicyclist pedaled off, empty-handed, and the man was taken in good condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
At 1:35 a.m. Sunday, a gunman critically wounded a 22-year-old man in an early morning gang-related shooting on the 5000 block of West Montana Street.