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Weekend shootings leave 5 dead, 8 injured — including boy, 3

BrendMartinez 22 works across street The T-Shirt Store talks about violence little village neighborhood where four men began physically fighting

Brenda Martinez, 22, works across the street at The T-Shirt Store talks about the violence in the little village neighborhood, where four men began physically fighting near El Burrito Feliz restaurant in the 3200 block of West Cermak Road. A 40-year-old-man was shot in the back and is listed in critical condition at Mount Sini Hospital. I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: August 2, 2012 10:41AM



Brenda Martinez has only been working at The T-shirt Store on the 3200 block of West Cermak for about a month, but she’s already worried about working too late.

“I’m scared,” said Martinez, 22. “It’s not the first time there has been shootings there.”

Martinez was referring to a shooting Friday night across the street from the store near the El Burrito Feliz restaurant.

The shooting took place at 10 p.m., when four men began attacking a 40-year-old man inside the restaurant, police said. The man suffered a gunshot wound to the back as he fled, police said. He was listed in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The shooting was one of several this weekend that left five men dead and eight others wounded, including a 3-year-old boy who was shot the Far South Side Saturday night.

The boy was walking with an older male and female at 11:30 p.m. in the 700 block of West 120th Street when a gunman approached and opened fire, Chicago Police spokesman Hector Alfaro said.

He was shot in the arm and taken to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, but will be transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Alfaro said. The boy was listed in stable condition.

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

El Burrito Feliz was back open for business Saturday. Workers said they were unaware of the shooting, despite the presence of police tape on the gate of a restaurant parking lot. They said the owner was unavailable for comment.

But a 27-year-old woman who lives on Sawyer just down the street from the shooting said the violence is too common.

“I’m not surprised there was a shooting — there’s a lot of gang activity in the area,” said the woman, who asked not to be named. “They are always lighting fireworks and I think that’s to cover up what’s really happening.”

In another incident at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, two men were on a porch in the 4900 block of West Washington in Austin when a gunman approached them and opened fire, striking both men in the chest, police said.

Jamel Shepard, 39, who lived at the home, was dead at the scene, authorities said. Darnell Walker, 55, of the 7100 block of South Euclid, was also killed.

Earlier Saturday, at 2:43 a.m., police found John Kouzios, 33, of the 3000 block of South Kedvale, dead and Jose Galvin, 42, critically wounded after they were shot multiple times in a vehicle that hit a tree in the 2500 block of South Kildare, authorities said.

Galvin, of the 4200 block of West 26th Street, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he later died, the medical examiner’s office said.

At 2:30 a.m., William Cook, 19, was shot in the chest in his home in the 6200 block of South Talman, the medical examiner’s office said.

At 8:15 p.m. Friday in the 1300 block of West 113th Place, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the right forearm, police said. The boy was taken in stable condition to Metro South Medical Center in Blue Island.

At 9:53 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot in the left buttock in the Pullman neighborhood. The teen and another person were standing on the sidewalk in the 12100 block of South Emerald when a light-colored vehicle passed by and shots were fired, police said.

Paramedics took the boy to Metro South Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition, police said.

No one was in custody for any of the shootings Saturday.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire



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