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Gun violence claims 3 lives, leaves another 13 injured since Friday

Updated: October 21, 2012 7:45AM

Three men have been killed and another 13 people wounded in gun violence throughout Chicago since Friday afternoon.

The latest fatality happened early Sunday when a man was shot and killed while walking with relatives in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

Denzell Williams, 21, of the 5600 block of West Washington Boulevard and his relatives were walking down the sidewalk in the 0 to 100 block of North Central Avenue about 3:05 a.m. when a male shooter walked up and pulled out a handgun, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

He had been shot multiple times in the chest, police said. No one is in custody early Sunday and a motive for the slaying was unclear.

Also early Sunday, a man was hurt in a drive-by shooting while sitting on a porch in the Southwest Side Little Village neighborhood early Sunday.

The man, 21, was shot about 2:20 a.m. while sitting on the front porch in the 2800 block of South Harding Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

A dark-colored SUV drove by and someone inside opened fire, leaving the man shot in the upper left back, Alfaro said. He was taken in “stable” condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

And about 12:10 a.m. Sunday, a man was critically hurt in a drive-by shooting in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood.

The man, 43, was walking in the 4900 block of South Justine when a light-colored sedan drove by and someone inside started shooting, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he is listed in critical condition, Alfaro said.

On Saturday afternoon in the Garfield Park neighborhood, police found a 36-year-old man dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

Claude Snulligan was discovered about 11:31 a.m. by police officers who were responding to a call of a man down in the 0 to 100 block of South Pulaski Road, authorities said.

Snulligan, of the 1600 block of South Drake Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.

The second fatality occurred Friday afternoon during an apparent robbery in the South Deering neighborhood.

Terrance Wright, 18, was walking near the intersection of 99th Street and Yates Avenue when he was shot in the chest about 3:40 p.m., authorities said. Witnesses told police they saw about five people attempting to rob Wright before he was shot, police said.

Wright, of the 5000 block of South Carpenter Street, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was later pronounced dead, the medical examiner’s office said.

A 15-year-old boy was among the 11 people wounded in shootings throughout the city this weekend.

The teenager was walking through an alley in the 11400 block of South Stewart when two males approached him about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, police said. One of the males took out a handgun and shot the boy in the left side of his chest and the right side of his body, police said, adding that the motive for the shooting was not immediately known.

Paramedics took the boy in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to Fire Media Affairs.

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