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3 dead, 15 wounded in shootings since Friday

Updated: December 22, 2013 10:38PM



Three men were killed and at least 15 other people have been injured in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon.

The most recent fatality happened Saturday night when a man was shot in the head in Chatham neighborhood on the South Side.

Leroy Griffin, 18, was in the 7900 block of South Lafayette Avenue about 7 p.m. when a dark-color SUV pulled up and several suspects got out and opened fire, striking him in the head, authorities said. Griffin, of the 7500 block of South Langley Avenue, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. Police said the shooting might have been gang-related.

Luciano Torres, 28, died Saturday night from injuries suffered in a shooting about 4:30 a.m. that morning in the 4800 block of West Deming Place in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Torres was sitting in a double-parked SUV in the 4800 block of West Deming Place about 4:30 a.m. when a red SUV pulled up and someone inside fired shots into the vehicle, authorities said. Police said the SUV fled the scene after the shooting.

Torres, of the 2300 block of North Newland Avenue, suffered gunshot wounds to the left side of his head and upper body, authorities said. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he died at 6:36 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

On Friday night, a man was shot to death outside his Northwest Side home. Jeffrey Anderson, 29, was standing outside his home in the 2800 block of North Talman Street about 9:50 p.m. when two men approached on foot and fired at him, hitting him in the left shoulder, according to police and the medical examiner’s office.

Anderson went inside his residence, where he collapsed and was found dead at the scene, authorities said.

At least 15 other people were injured in shootings across the city over the weekend, including:

◆ Two men, ages 24 and 34, walked into Stroger Hospital of Cook County with gunshot wounds about 10:50 a.m. Sunday, police said. The 34-year-old had been shot in his abdomen and was in serious condition. The 24-year-old was shot in his hand. Both men were being “very uncooperative” and were not telling police where the shooting occurred, police said.

◆ About 8 a.m. Sunday, a 19-year-old man was shot in his leg in the 2900 block of West 80th Street in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center, where he was in good condition.

◆ About 7:20 a.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot in the arm n the 2000 block of North Kenneth Avenue in the Hermosa neighborhood on the Northwest Side, police said. He was driven to Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center by an unknown person and was in good condition.

◆ About 7 p.m. Friday, a woman was seriously wounded in a shooting in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. The 19-year-old was walking with a male acquaintance when she was shot multiple times in the 8200 block of South Drexel Avenue, police said. She was taken to Christ Medical Center.

◆ A 17-year-old boy was shot in the face about 5:05 p.m. in the 1800 block of West 52nd Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition.



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