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4 dead, 25 wounded in city weekend violence

Updated: August 6, 2012 8:07AM



Four people are dead and at least 25 people wounded in acts of violence that have occurred 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.

Of the at least 19 people who were shot this weekend, seven of them were reported to be in critical condition.

Saturday evening, three men were shot in the South Shore neighborhood. The shooting occurred at 5:34 p.m. in the 2400 block of East 75th Street, police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety said.

Sunday morning, three men were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side.

The shooting took place in the 7900 block of South Ingleside Avenue about 6:35 a.m., police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said. The shots were fired from a 4-door, black Chevrolet vehicle, police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said.

A 25-year-old man suffered a gunshot to the back and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Kubiak said. A 20-year-old man suffered a gunshot to one of his legs and was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and a 23-year-old man had a graze wound to the back and was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, Kubiak said.

A law enforcement source said Sunday morning that all three victims had street gang affiliations and were believed to be members of the Gangster Disciples.

About 5 a.m. Sunday, a 22-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting at a gas station in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

Witnesses told police that the man was at a gas station at that location when a gunshot was heard and he then fell to the ground.

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, Estrada said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. The victim was believed to be a member of the Maniac Latin Disciples street gang, a source said.

Gunfire grazed a 16-year-old girl in the West Side Austin neighborhood early Sunday. The teen was in the 1500 block of North Lawler Avenue at 12:27 a.m. when she suffered a graze wound to the buttock, police said. She was treated and released from West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park.

A 21-year-old man suffered five gunshot wounds to the body and was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Baety said.

A 20-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the hip and a 19-year-old man was shot multiple times in the arm, Baety said.

Both were taken in serious condition to Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, Fire Media Affairs spokeswoman Meg Ahlheim said.

A man was critically wounded in a shooting early Saturday in the Southwest Side Brighton Park neighborhood.

The 31-year-old man was getting out of his vehicle in the 3800 block of South Sacramento Ave. about 3:34 a.m. when someone in a passing light-colored vehicle shot him, police said.

He was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the torso, according to police.

Two men are in critical condition after they were shot early Saturday in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

They were in the 6600 block of South Marshfield Avenue about 12:45 a.m. when a male shooter approached and opened fire, police said.

A 32-year-old man and a 24-year-old man were both shot in the back in the attack, police said. The younger man was also shot in the right shoulder.

Both were taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, police said.

A woman was critically wounded in a shooting early Saturday in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

The 27-year-old woman was getting out of her vehicle in the 100 block of North LaPorte Avenue at 12:21 a.m. when someone in a passing red SUV opened fire, police said.

She was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital with gunshot wounds to her side and abdomen area, according to police.

Near the Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park, a 53-year-old man was stabbed in the chest about 7 p.m. Friday. Witnesses and authorities said the incident happened shortly on the southwest corner of Adams and Michigan and across from the Art Institute of Chicago and not far from the music fest. Police said the victim “stable” condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Fire Media Affairs spokeswoman Meg Ahlheim said.

Late Saturday two men got into an argument which escalated into a fight, with one of the men stabbing the other, in the 300 block of South Columbus Drive. The fight happened about 11:20 a.m. in Grant Park just after Lollapalooza ended.

Two men, both in their 20s, were with a group of people when they got into an argument that turned physical, police said. One of the men pulled out a knife and cut the other man in the cheek. That man also cut himself in the hand with the knife. Both where taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and were listed in good condition Sunday morning. Neither man chose to pursue charges, police said.

Sunday afternoon, three men were shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, in the 5300 block of South May Street. At about 5:32 p.m., a 22-year-old man was shot in the left leg and a 25-year-old man was shot in the left thigh, according to police. Both were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

A third shooting victim, a 23-year-old man, was shot in the left calf and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. All three were listed in “stable” condition.



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