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4 dead, 31 wounded in shootings since Friday

Updated: August 12, 2013 2:45AM



Four men were killed and at least 31 other people — including a 4-year-old girl — were injured in gun violence across the city since Friday night.

The girl, her older brother and a family friend were shot Sunday night while riding in a car in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. The girl’s 20-year-old brother was driving as they traveled on Central near Irving Park Road about 10:30 p.m. when a gunman in a gray vehicle saw them, pulled up alongside the car and started shooting, according to relatives and Chicago Police.

The little girl, identified by family as Shyla Rivera, was sitting in the back seat when one of the bullets tore through the car and passed through her thigh, said Edgar Rivera, the girl’s uncle. Her 18-year-old brother, Javiere Rosario, also was shot in the thigh, the uncle said. A 20-year-old man was shot in the arm and leg, police said. None of the injuries were life-threatening, according to family. Relatives said they think the car was targeted in a case of mistaken identity.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 10:10 p.m. Saturday night in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, where two men were shot in the 1000 block of North St. Louis, police said. Antonio Alves, 18, was shot multiple times and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. A 24-year-old man was shot in the torso and taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

About 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Ralph McNeal, 54, was killed and a 26-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the 2900 block of South State in the Bronzeville neighborhood, police said. McNeal was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 7:10 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. The 26-year-old was taken to Stroger in critical condition.

Early Saturday, Jacoby Herron, 21, was killed in the South Chicago neighborhood. Herron was outside with other people about 4 a.m. in the 2400 block of East 79th Street when someone started shooting, authorities said. Herron, of the 7900 block of South Oglesby, was shot multiple times and was dead on the scene, authorities said.

The weekend’s first fatal shooting happened late Friday in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Kenneth Barbour, 18, was shot while arguing with another male about 8:10 p.m. in the 500 block of East 68th Street, authorities said. Barbour, of the 1600 block of East 85th Street, died at Stroger Hospital at 11:32 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Twenty-six other people have been shot throughout the city since Friday night.

No one was in custody for any of the attacks. Area detectives were investigating.



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