6 dead, 36 wounded in shootings since Friday evening
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE August 20, 2012 7:40AM
At least six people were killed and 36 others were wounded in separate shootings across Chicago late Friday into Sunday morning, authorities 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 saw the rear window shatter. 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 9-1-1.
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 Saturday, four men and a teenage girl were also pronounced dead.
About 8:14 p.m., police found Alonzo Powell, 18, with a gunshot wound to the head in a doorway in the 100 block of North Pine Avenue about 8:14 p.m., authorities said.
Paramedics took Powell, of the 100 block of 100 block of North Parkside Avenue, to Mount Sinai Hospital, were he was pronounced dead.
About 5:05 a.m., Taylor Diorio, 17, was inside a vehicle in the 2100 block of West 35th Street when someone walked up and opened fire, authorities said.
Diorio, of the 10000 block of Major Avenue, was shot in the head and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died at 3:29 p.m., authorities said.
About 11:51 a.m., police received a complaint about a suspicious van that had been parked at a lot in the 7400 block of South Peoria Street for five days, police said.
When police arrived, they found 36-yearold Anthony Carter, of the 4900 block of West Lexington Street, dead inside the van with multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said, adding that it was unclear when Carter might have been shot.
About 10:36 a.m., police found Jason Smith, 28, dead on the front lawn of a home in the 700 block of East 92nd Street, police said.
Witnesses told police that Smith had been walking with a friend when someone carrying a gun approached the duo and opened fire, authorities said, adding that Smith suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
The friend ran and called police, who were unable to locate him as of Saturday afternoon, police said.
About 12:15 a.m., Derrick L. Baker, 18, was fatally shot a block away from his West Pullman home on the Far South Side.
Baker, of the 11600 block of South Yale Avenue, was shot in the head near 115h Street and Wentworth Avenue, authorities said.
Baker died at the scene, authorities said. A 25-year-old man was also injured in the shooting and taken to Roseland Hospital for gunshot wounds to his knee and foot.
On Friday, A 22-year-old Aurora man died after being shot in the 500 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue about 6:22 p.m., authorities said.
Richard Johnson, of the 1600 block of Plum Street in Aurora, was shot multiple times, authorities said, and he was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he later died. The shooting left another men in serious condition at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, police said.
Shootings across the city left at least 36 others wounded, mostly men in their late teens or early 20s.
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 listed in “stable” condition at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, police said.