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Four dead, 19 wounded in holiday weekend violence

Updated: December 26, 2012 9:42AM

A man attempting to stop a fight between a married couple was stabbed to death, another man was found shot dead in a backyard, a 19-year-old died a day after he was shot, a fourth man was fatally shot Sunday, and at least 19 people were wounded by gunfire since the beginning of the Thanksgiving weekend.

On Sunday morning, one man was killed and another wounded in a drive-by shooting on the Near West Side. The shooting happened in the 2300 block of West Lake about 8:04 a.m., police said. Both victims, whose ages were not immediately known, were taken to Stroger Hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead, according to police.

The victims were inside an eastbound car, which had Missouri license plates. The driver’s side window was shot out.

Earlier Sunday, a male riding in a car in the 2400 block of South Archer, near Chinatown, was shot in the leg in a drive-by attack about 4:25 a.m., police said. He was in “stable” condition, and no arrests have been made.

Christopher Jacobs, 19, died Friday afternoon after he was shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, authorities said. About 1 p.m. Thursday, someone called police to report numerous gunshots fired in the 4900 block of South Seeley, police said.

When officers arrived, they found Jacobs lying down on the street, police said. Jacobs was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died Friday at 2:15 p.m., authorities said.

Around the time that Jacobs was shot Thursday, Jonathan Belton, 25, was fatally shot in the 5500 block of South Albany Avenue, authorities said. Belton, of the 900 block of South Austin Boulevard, was dead on the scene.

On Wednesday, William Terry, 55, was stabbed multiple times when he tried to intervene in an argument between a married couple at 7:11 p.m. in the 10300 block of South Forest Avenue, authorities said. A man arguing with his wife took a kitchen knife and stabbed Terry multiple times throughout the body.

Terry, of the 14100 block of South Tracy Avenue in Riverdale, was declared dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The man’s wife was not injured. Demetrius Jackson, 32, was charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in bond court Sunday, Chicago police said.

Thirteen other people were wounded by gunfire throughout the city — primarily on the South Side — since 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

About 1 p.m. Thursday, a Chicago Police officer shot a man who attacked a CTA bus passenger at South California Avenue and West 63rd Street then charged at the officer. Police shot the man twice and police needed to deploy a Taser twice to subdue him to get him into an ambulance, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.

About 9:35 p.m. Wednesday, a bullet entered a home in the 1100 block of West 104th Street and struck a 15-year-old girl in the head, police said. She was taken in serious condition to Christ Medical Center.

While the holiday weekend got off to a bloody start, there was a lull in the violence as Friday turned into Saturday when no shootings were recorded. The last shooting occurred Friday evening before 9 p.m. Police say a man’s girlfriend dropped him off at a North Side hospital with gunshot wounds to his arm and leg. The man was listed in “stable condition.”

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