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1 dead, 11 wounded in weekend gun violence

Updated: March 30, 2013 5:04PM



One man was shot dead and 11 others were injured in weekend violence across the city, most of which occurred during a bloody three-hour span Friday night, police said.

Additionally, detectives shot and wounded a 17-year-old boy who allegedly pointed a gun at police during a foot chase.

In the night’s one fatality, Eugenio Solano, a 23-year-old alleged gang member, was slain and a 44-year-old man was wounded when shots rang out about 8:05 p.m. in the Logan Square neighborhood, authorities said.

The two were walking in the 1800 block of North Francisco when three men approached and asked for directions, police said. Then one of the men pulled out a gun and opened fire. The 44-year-old man was shot in the hand as he ran away. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and later released.

Solano, of the of the 1700 block of North Francisco, was shot in the chest and died at the scene, less than a block from home, authorities said.

The most recent shooting happened 0Saturday morning when two people — believed to be a father, 38, and son, 12, — were wounded in a shooting Saturday morning in the 5300 block of South Praire Avenue, part of the South Side’s Washington Park neighborhood, Chicago police said.

The first reported shooting of the weekend came about 5:30 p.m. Friday when two men were shot in the 1700 block of East 71st Street, Chicago police said. A 28-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 25-year-old man was shot in the hip and hand. Both were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

About 7 p.m., a 22-year-old man was shot in the 4000 block of West 16th Street and taken to Mount Sinai, police said.

Again, about 8:30 p.m. Friday, shots rang out in the 5500 block of South Hoyne Avenue and a man in his 20s suffered a graze wound; was taken to an unidentified hospital in good condition, police said.

About two minutes after that, a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 8200 block of South Houston, police said. He was taken to South Shore Hospital.

Capping off the day’s violence, a man was shot in the head while riding in a car in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood about 11:45 p.m.

Police said the 35-year-old man was a passenger in a Chevrolet Impala traveling in the 6900 block of South Indiana Avenue when the car passed several people fighting on the street.

From there the wounded man was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he is listed in serious but “stable” condition, police said.

No one was in custody early Saturday. Police said the injured man is believed to be a gang member and was not cooperating with investigators.

About five minutes after midnight, an 18-year-old woman became Saturday’s first shooting victim, after she was shot in the Garfield Park neighborhood near the 3100 block of West Arthington Street.

The woman was taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg and was listed in good condition, police said.

And about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the Englewood neighborhood, a 27-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 7100 block of South Honore Street, police said.

The man was initially dropped off at Jackson Park Hospital, police said, but was transferred to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he was listed in serious condition early Saturday.

In addition to the one killed and eleven wounded in weekend shootings, Chicago Police shot and injured a 17-year-old boy who allegedly pointed a gun at officers during a foot chase Friday.

Police said the boy, part of a group suspected of firing shots in the area, was running from officers about 3:15 p.m. near East 95th Street and South Jeffrey Boulevard when he aimed the gun at them, authorities said.

There had only been 14 murders in March in the city through Friday, when the temperature reached about 55 degrees, the warmest day this month



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