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6 dead, 36 wounded in weekend shootings

Updated: August 20, 2012 6:38PM

At least six people were killed and 36 others were wounded in separate shootings across Chicago late Friday into Sunday morning, authorities said.

The youngest victim of the weekend’s violence, a 14-year-old boy, was shot in the 3900 block of South King Drive at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police.

The boy was hit in the back and was taken to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, police said.

The most recent fatal shooting occurred early Sunday in the Little Village neighborhood on the South West Side.

About 3:30 a.m., Alex Ruiz, 22, was shot in the head as he sat in the back of a Pontiac Grand Prix that had stopped at the intersection of 30th Street and Pulaski Road, authorities said.

Witnesses told police they heard a “loud pop” and then saw the rear window shatter, police said. The driver and front-seat passenger turned around and realized their friend had been shot, though they did not see where the gunfire came from, police said.

They drove to a nearby gas station in the 3900 block of West Ogden Avenue, where they called police and paramedics, police said.

Ruiz, of the 2700 block of North Harding, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead at 9:52 a.m., authorities said.

On Friday night, a 22-year-old Aurora man was killed and another person was wounded in the West Side Austin neighborhood, according to authorities.

Richard Johnson, of the 1600 block of Plum Street, was killed in a shooting in the 500 block of South Kilpatrick around 6:20 p.m., officials said.

He was initially taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, where he later died, authorities said. Another man also was injured in the shooting and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.

An 18-year-old man was shot and killed just a block from his West Pullman home on the Far South Side around 12:15 a.m. Saturday, authorities said. Derrick L. Baker, of the 11600 block of South Yale, was shot in the head near 115th street and Wentworth, according to the medical examiner’s office.

He was dead at the scene, officials said. The attack also wounded a 25-year-old man, who was treated at Roseland Hospital in “stable” condition for gunshot wounds to the knee and foot.

Around 10:36 a.m. on Saturday, police found a man dead on the front lawn of a home in the 700 block of East 92nd, police said. Jason Smith, 28, was shot multiple times, officials said. Witnesses told police Smith had been walking with a friend when someone carrying a gun approached the duo and opened fire, police said.

A man found shot in a van parked on the South Side was pronounced dead Saturday but it is unclear when he died. Anthony Carter, 36, of the 4900 block of West Lexington Street, was found shot dead in a van that had been parked in the 7400 block of South Peoria Street for five days, according to police.

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