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One dead, 18 wounded in city shootings, including one near Lincoln Park Zoo

Updated: July 25, 2012 6:49AM



A teenage boy was killed in the South Side Hamilton Park neighborhood and at least 18 others were wounded in shootings throughout the city between Friday and Saturday nights.

The victims included three 14-year-old boys shot in separate incidents, and two men and a woman walking early Saturday not far from Lincoln Park Zoo.

“We have a lot of violence in the city of Chicago,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Saturday afternoon at a South Side church where he announced three big drug busts. “The trend is actually turning. You would never know it, but the trend is actually turning.”

Antonio Davis, 14, of the 800 block of South Eberhart, was gunned down during a possible drive-by shooting shortly before 9 p.m. Friday near the intersection of South Union and West 69th Street, officials said.

Then hours later at 4 a.m. in Lincoln Park, a man was shot and two other people were hit by a vehicle in a possible gang-related incident in front of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, police said.

A group of at least six people were walking outside when two dark vehicles approached, police spokesman Robert Perez said. One of the vehicles veered off the road and struck a 25-year-old man, then turned around and struck a 21-year-old woman.

While fleeing the scene, someone from one of the vehicles opened fire and shot a 26-year-old man, in the 2400 block of North Cannon, Perez said. That victim was shot in the shoulder and taken in serious condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The woman and man injured by the vehicle were taken in serious condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Perez said.

Meanwhile, 15 others were wounded in 11 separate shootings, police said.

That included two 14-year-old boys who were shot at 8:45 p.m. in the 2400 block of East 74th Street, fire department officials said. One of the victims was taken to Jackson Park Hospital with a gunshot to the leg, while the other was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the back and shoulder. Both were in stable condition, officials said.

The largest number of people wounded in a single attack came about 12:30 a.m. when three men — ages 18, 22, and 23 — were critically injured in a shooting near the 7000 block of South Chappel Avenue, police said.

Then two more ­­­— both 18-year-olds ­— were shot Saturday evening in South Shore.

No one was in custody in connection with any of the shootings Saturday.



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