7 men and a 16-year-old boy killed, 20 injured in weekend shootings
BY MAUDLYNE IHEJIRIKA Staff Reporter September 2, 2013 5:34PM
Updated: October 4, 2013 6:23AM
Seven men and a 16-year-old boy were killed and at least 20 people have been injured in shootings across the city since Friday night.
The most recent fatal shooting happened about 8 p.m. in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. Officers responding to a call of shots fired in the 5700 block of South Princeton found a man in his 20s unresponsive in an alley, police said. He was taken Stroger Hospital, where he died.
A 16-year-old boy was shot in the chest about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the 10500 block of South La Salle in the Roseland neighborhood, police said. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died. A man suffered a graze wound in that shooting, but he refused medical treatment. Police said they arrested a possible suspect who was hiding nearby, in the 300 block of West 106th Place.
Earlier Monday afternoon, a 21-year-old man was fatally shot in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side, less than half an hour before another man was wounded by gunfire about half a mile away.
The 21-year-old man was shot in the head about 2:10 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene in the 6600 block of South Rhodes, according to police and fire officials. His name was not being released pending notification of relatives.
Hours after that shooting, police officers continued to canvass the 6600 block of South Rhodes.
The burst of Labor Day violence left residents rattled.
“I was in the house asleep when I heard gunshots. It was a lot of them, like maybe 14,” said Keyshia Wilson, 25, who has lived on the block for eight years.
“I came out and walked over and saw the man laying in the yard with a hole in his head, and blood coming out of everywhere,” she said Sunday afternoon. “I can’t believe this happened a couple of doors down. I’m still in shock. I can’t believe it.”
David Westin, 33, who just moved to the block three months ago, lives directly across from the home where the man was killed.
“My family was inside just trying to enjoy our Labor Day when we heard the gunfire,” Westin said. “I told the kids to duck down on the floor. And a half hour later, I came out and saw the police. I just moved here and I’m about to move again. It’s scary. Thank goodness there were no kids playing outside. I don’t even think I want to let my kids go out anymore.”
Twenty five minutes after that killing, a man was shot twice in the abdomen about 2:35 p.m. in the 6300 block of South King Drive, police said. His age was not immediately known. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. Employees at a McDonald’s at 6355 S. King Drive said an altercation between a group of young men began inside the restaurant, eventually spilling outside, before the man was shot.
“This happens quite a bit around here. You don’t feel safe, and it feels like it isn’t going to get any better,” said a bystander, India Spears, 24, of Parkway Gardens, a low-income housing development across the street.
Both shootings were down the street from the New Beginnings Church, 6620 S. King Dr. Pastor Corey Brooks was just leaving his church when shooting broke out.
“I was riding home, and police cars just started coming from everywhere going to 66th and Rhodes. I followed, and that’s when I witnessed what was going on,” Brooks said. “When I got there, I was like, ‘I know all these kids,’ so I got out and I walked from 66th and Rhodes back to Parkway Gardens with them. And as we’re walking and talking, somebody else got shot over here, a second one. Not a good day.”
Five other men were killed and at least 17 other people have been injured in shootings across the city since Friday night.
About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, John Wallace, 25, was killed in the Englewood neighborhood. He was shot in the back during an argument about 11:30 p.m. in the 6400 block of South Morgan, authorities said.
Ramaine Hill, 22, died Sunday night, a day after he was shot in the Old Town neighborhood. He was in the 1200 block of North Orleans Street about 1:20 p.m. Saturday when an armed man shot him in the head and fled east on foot, authorities said. Hill, of the 700 block of West Blackhawk Street, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died at 10:08 p.m. Sunday, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Carl Pate, 56, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in the 12200 block of South Aberdeen Street at 7:41 a.m. Sunday in his West Pullman neighborhood home on the South Side. Pate had been shot in the abdomen at 4:40 a.m. last Monday at his home, police said. Both shootings were thought to be related to narcotics.
About 2:45 a.m. Saturday, Daniel Ortiz, 21, of Monee, was shot in the chest and died at a party in a Bridgeport apartment, police said. Two other men were injured in that shooting. A 22-year-old man was shot in the head and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, police said. A 25-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to the leg in a vehicle that crashed in the 4300 block of South Wentworth a short time later, police said. Vidal Martinez, 20, of Cicero, was charged in the shootings and ordered held on $2 million bond Monday, police said.
On Saturday morning, John Atkins, 33, was shot multiple times and died in the Morgan Park neighborhood, police said. Atkins was found at 11:19 a.m. in a gangway at the rear of a building in the 11700 block of South Hale, police said.
Seventeen others have been injured in shootings since Friday night.
In the most recent nonfatal shooting, two men were shot in the chest about 10:25 p.m. near 41st Street and Winchester in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. They were taken to area hospitals in critical condition. Their ages were not available.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media