Weather Updates

6 killed, 12 hurt in weekend violence

Updated: January 7, 2013 5:45AM

From Uptown to Englewood, Irving Park to Brighton Park, Humboldt Park to the Back of the Yards, gunshots were heard throughout the city this weekend. Between Friday afternoon and Sunday night, four people were shot to death and at least 13 people were wounded in shootings in Chicago, including a man shot while riding in a car on the Dan Ryan Expy. Two people were stabbed to death, including a woman allegedly attacked by her daughter and a man shot outside a liquor store Saturday night.

In the latest fatal shooting, a 19-year-old man died after being hit multiple times in the chest about 7 p.m. Sunday in the 8400 block of South Martin Luther King Drive, police said. He was dead at the scene.

In the Dan Ryan Expy. shooting, Lavonshay Cooper, 22, of the 4200 block of West Cortez, was shot while riding in the back seat of a vehicle in the northbound lanes between the 18th Street and Canal Street exits about 2 a.m. Sunday, Illinois State Police said. The driver, who was not injured, drove to Rush University Medical Center, where Coooper was pronounced dead. The front seat passenger fled the scene and another man in the back seat was wounded. He was treated at Stroger Hospital and released. State police had no description of the shooters or the car they were in.

A man thought to be in his 20s was shot to death about 3:10 p.m. Saturday in the 5500 block of South Loomis. He was shot multiple times in his abdomen and pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital. The man had not been identified as of Sunday afternoon, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. A suspect was taken into custody but no charges had been announced as of Sunday.

David Kartzmark, 25, of River Grove, was found shot in the chest at 7 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of North Talman in Chicago. He was pronounced dead at 7:17 a.m. en route to Norwegian-American Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Two people were stabbed to death in Chicago over the weekend.

Taison Moore, 33, of the 2700 block of West 15th Place, died after he was stabbed during a fight outside a liquor store at 7 p.m. Saturday in the 4000 block of West Gladys, police said. He was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 11:15 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Authorities found Angela Welch, 55, had been stabbed multiple times when they responded to her home about 6:45 p.m. Saturday in the 8300 block of South Kingston in the South Chicago neighborhood. She was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Her daughter, Lonika Welch, 25, of the same address, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. Lonika Welch was expected to appear in bond court Monday.

Among those injured in weekend shootings were:

At 6:20 a.m. Sunday, a 50-year-old man suffered a graze wound in his back when he tried to get away from two would-be carjackers in the 3300 block of West Wellington in Chicago.

About 7 p.m. Saturday, two men were shot in the 5100 block of West Oakdale. A 25-year-old man was shot in his back and a 21-year-old man had a graze wound in his wrist, police said. B

About 8:10 p.m. Saturday, a man was sitting in a car in the 1800 block of West Maypole when a someone with a gun walked up and shot him in a gang-related attack on the Near West Side, police said. He had a graze wound in the buttocks.

About 11:48 a.m. Saturday, a man was shot in his chest and arm the 4500 block of South Marshfield, police said.

About 2:30 a.m. Saturday, a 21-year-old man was shot in his back and a 23-year-old man was shot in his ear in a gang-related incident in the 4000 block of West Montrose in the Irving Park neighborhood, police said. They were riding in a car when a vehicle pulled up alongside and opened fire, police.

About 12:17 a.m. Saturday, two men were shot in the 3800 block of South California in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said. Both were taken in a gold Honda to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.

About 9:20 p.m. Friday, bullets grazed an 18-year-old woman in her back in the 4600 block of North Malden in the Uptown neighborhood, police said.

About 5:35 p.m. Friday, a 21-year-old man was shot in the buttocks in the 4700 block of North Sheridan Road in the Uptown neighborhood, police said.

The weekend’s first shooting happened about 3:45 p.m. Friday, when a 58-year-old man was driving westbound in the 1000 block of West 47th Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, police said. A gunman started firing and the driver was shot in the chin. The injured man drove home and called police.

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.