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Violent night: 3 dead, at least 16 wounded in shootings across city

Updated: June 2, 2013 6:43AM

Three men were killed and at least 16 others wounded during a violent nine-hour spree of shootings across the city that began late Tuesday afternoon.

The spike in violence occurred as temperatures climbed into the 80s and the city basked in the warmest weather yet this year. It also coincided with an announcement by police that the city’s troubling murder statistics were down 42 percent when compared to the same period of time last year.

Just after midnight Wednesday, the month of May rang in with gunfire when a 27-year-old man was mortally wounded in the South Shore neighborhood.

Darrin Rodgers, of the 6800 block of South Cornell Avenue, was shot in the chest on his own block about 12:10 a.m., authorities said.

Rodgers was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in grave condition, but died shortly thereafter, police said. His death was the first homicide in the month of May, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

About an hour later, a south suburban Riverdale man was found shot to death in a West Side alleyway.

The body of 23-year-old Pierre Howelett was found riddled with gunshot wounds to his face and body in an alley near the 1900 block of South Drake Avenue about 1:20 a.m., authorities said.

Earlier, one man was killed and two others were wounded during a gang-related shooting outside the University of Illinois at Chicago police station Tuesday night, authorities said.

The three men were near South Morgan and West Maxwell streets, in a parking lot across from the station, when a gunman approached and opened fire about 10:40 p.m., authorities said.

Tytrell Jackson, 19, was killed by a bullet that struck him in the armpit, authorities said. Jackson, a known gang member, was pronounced dead at 11:13 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The other two men – ages 19 and 21 – suffered non life-threatening injuries after they were both shot in the thigh, police said.

The gunman fled west after the shooting and was not taken into police custody.

At least 14 others were wounded in shootings across the city since 4:30 p.m. Tuesday:

-- About 11:50 p.m. Tuesday a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg in the 100 block of West 68th Street in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, police said. The boy was outside when shots were fired from the back of a dark-colored vehicle passing on the street, police said. The shooting was believed to be gang-related.

-- A man in his 20s was shot in the 800 block of West 51st Street About 11:45 p.m., police said. Further details were not available.

-- About 10:30 p.m. a bullet grazed a 24-year-old woman’s shoulder on the Near North Side, police said.

-- A 30-year-old man was critically injured in a shooting in the 5500 block of South Union Avenue at an unknown time, according to the fire department. The shooting could not be confirmed by police.

-- About 8:15 p.m., a 24-year-old man was shot twice in the 5500 block of South King Drive, police said.

-- About 7:30 p.m., a 16-year-old girl was shot in the arm in the 700 block of East Oakwood Avenue, police said.

-- In Uptown around 5:15 p.m. a 22-year-old man was shot in the leg near North Sheridan Road and West Windsor Avenue, police said. Ald. James Cappleman (46th) said the injured man was a known gang member and a woman was also hurt running from the shooting.

-- About 6:15 p.m., a gunman emerged from a gangway and shot a teenage boy and two men in the 300 block of West 108th Place, police said. The boy, 16, was shot in the hand and taken to a hospital in good condition, police said. A 45-year-old man was shot in the abdomen area and a 36-year-old man was shot in the armpit. The two were taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

-- Three men were shot and wounded about 7 p.m. in the 2000 block of East 71st Street, police said. In that incident, an 18-year-old man was shot in the lower back and a 22-year-old man was shot in the abdomen area, police said. Both men were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition. A third man suffered two graze wounds and refused medical treatment.

-- Tuesday afternoon’s first shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Garfield Boulevard, when a 20-year-old man was shot in the side and buttocks, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in “stable” condition.

Also injured Tuesday was a man shot by police when he pulled an object that looked like a gun from his waistband, police said. The officer-involved shooting occurred near the 8900 block of South Brandon Avenue about 9:15 p.m., police said.

Contributing: LeeAnn Shelton

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