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Weekend shootings leave three dead, five others wounded

Three men are dead and at least five others were wounded during shooting attacks early Sunday and Saturday night on the South Side.

No one is in custody for the murders, but police apprehended a gunman in a Saturday night shooting that left a teen shot in the back three times.

About 2:25 a.m. in the Back of the Yards Neighborhood in the 4700 block of South Paulina Street, someone shot the 27-year-old victim in the head, police said. He was taken in serious condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

On the Southwest Side about 1:45 a.m. a man identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Jesus Arellanos, 20, was in an alley behind his home on the 2400 block of West 45th Street when an unknown suspect shot him in the abdomen, according to police News Affairs.

Arellanos, of the 2400 block of West 45th Street, was pronounced dead at 1:57 a.m at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to the medical examiner’s office.

About a half an hour earlier in the Washington Park neighborhood, someone shot and seriously wounded two men in the 5900 block of South Calumet Avenue, according to News Affairs. One was shot in the hip and and abdomen and the other was shot in the abdomen.

The victims were seated in the front seat of a vehicle when a dark-colored minivan passed them in an alley, according to police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak. The minivan stopped and moved in reverse, and the passenger inside it fired multiple times and wounded the two, Kubiak said.

Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado said paramedics took both victims to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in serious to critical condition.

In another attack about 12:15 a.m. that police said could have been a drive-by shooting in the 400 block of West 79th Street, an 18-year-old man identified by the medical examiner’s office as Christopher Young, of 7756 S. Normal Ave., was shot dead on the scene. Police said Young was shot in the chest.

At least three other shootings happened Saturday, including another in the Washington Park neighborhood where a Calumet City man the medical examiner’s office identified as Michael Lee was shot at 7:30 p.m while he was sitting in a vehicle in the 5500 block of South King Drive.

Lee, 23, of 163 Place, was pronounced dead at 11:44 p.m. at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to the medical examiner’s office.

In the West Englewood neighborhood at 9:40 p.m. a 40-year-old man was critically wounded when a gunman approached from a nearby alley and opened fire, striking the victim who was standing on the street in the 6600 block of South Justine, police said.

The unidentified man was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition, according to Rosado.

At 5:44 p.m. shots were fired from inside a residence in the 6400 block of South Paulina Street, striking an 18-year-old man in the back and police captured the assailant.

Police were already on the scene responding to other disturbances, including a shots fired call, a man with a gun call and a call for people fighting, when they actually saw the teen getting shot, Englewood District police Lt. Brent Fidler said.

“He (victim) was standing on a sidewalk when shots were fired from an opened front door,’’ said Fidler. The victim was shot three times in the back.

The officers called for help from the scene and the teen was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition, Fidler said.

The gunman ran out the back door of the house and witnesses gave a description of the gunman and he was apprehended about a block away.

Shell casings were found on the scene and a semi automatic handgun believed to have been used in the attack was recovered, the lieutenant said.

Kubiak said the suspect in the Paulina Street shooting has not been charged as of 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

Autopsies for Lee, Young and Arellanos are scheduled for Sunday and police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said Sunday morning no one was in custody for their murders.

Calumet and Wentworth Area detectives are investigating.

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