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Police: 4 dead, 18 others hurt in shootings since Friday

A 14-year-old boy, a 12-year-old boy and two other people are dead and at least 18 people were wounded in separate shootings since Friday night, police said.

At 8:58 p.m. on Friday, the 14-year-old boy -- identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Alejandro Jamie, of the 2900 block of West Pershing Road -- suffered a gunshot wound to the back in the 2600 block of West 35th Place.

He was pronounced dead at 9:40 p.m. on Friday at Mount Sinai Hospital, the medical examiner’s office said.

At 10:04 p.m. on Saturday, a 12-year-old boy – identified by the medical examiner’s office as Nazia Banks -- was shot and killed in the 8000 block of South Brandon Avenue, police said. The boy was walking home when two unknown male suspects approached through a gangway and several shots, striking him in the head.

He was dead on the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The bloodiest single attack killed a 23-year-old man and wounded five others when a shooter opened fire at a crowd gathered in the 11600 block of South Peoria Avenue at 2:28 a.m. on Saturday. Melvin Jacobs, of the 16200 block of South Paulina Street in Markham, was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Also wounded in the shooting was a 32-year-old man, who was shot in the head and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition. Two other men and a woman were also taken to area hospitals, while a second woman was grazed in the back and refused medical attention.

The most recent slaying happened in the 10100 block of South Michigan Avenue about 11:55 p.m. Saturday, police said. A 35-year-old man -- identified as Dwayne Billingsley by the medical examiner’s office -- was standing near a house when a gunman appeared from a gangway and shot him in the neck and back. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:34 a.m. Sunday.

An 18-year-old man was also wounded in the attack, and taken to Christ Hospital in “stable condition” in a gunshot wound to the leg.

Shootings citywide since Friday night wounded at least 12 other people, mostly men ranging in age from 19 to 40.

No one was in custody for any of the shootings as of early Sunday.

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