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5 hurt, 1 dead in pair of shootings 10 minutes apart on the South Side

Chicago Police investigate crime scene 4200 block south Wells street where six people had been shot. Friday. November 30 2012

Chicago Police investigate the crime scene in the 4200 block of south Wells street where six people had been shot. Friday. November 30, 2012 I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Just months after Alease Davies’ oldest son was murdered in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, her youngest son was injured Friday evening in a drive by shooting a few blocks away.

“I said, ‘Oh my God, not again. It’s only been five months,” said Davies, who now lives in Calumet City. “Am I cursed, or what?”

The injured man was one of six people shot within 10 minutes in two incidents on the South Side, authorities said. Lavelle Davies and another person was shot in the 1100 block of West 51st Street. On the 4200 block of South Wells, four people were shot — including a man who was fatally shot while sitting on his couch by bullets from outside the home.

Alease Davies youngest son was in his old neighborhood visiting family and friends just blocks from where his brother Rashaun Stephanys was shot in June. A person in a car drove by and fired shots hitting Lavelle, 19, Davies said.

He was on his way to a corner store, she said.

“He called me himself and said ‘Ma, I got shot,’” Davies said. “I said, ‘You’re playing me. Don’t play no joke on me.”

Lavelle, who is know as “Vell,” had recently been released from Cook County Jail. Davies said he’d been on probation when police found two bullets in his room and that’s why he’d been incarcerated.

“He hadn’t even been out 48 hours and now he’s shot,” Davies said.

She said Lavelle is recovering at Stroger Hospital after sustaining one shot in the back.

“He’s good. He just called me,” she said. “He was shot one time but with this particular gun, the bullet spreads out into multiple little pieces.”

Stephanys, 22, was killed June 8 after he was shot just feet from his home at 51st and May streets, authorities said. He, his cousin and three others were outside watching a YouTube video when two men approached and fired shots, police said at the time. One of Davies’ daughters was to graduate from Richards Career Academy that day.

Since the shooting, Davies has moved to Calumet City.

“I can’t even go to Stroger Hospital because that’s where Rashaun died,” she said.

In the shootings on South Wells, shooters emerged from a vacant lot and started firing at men on a porch. Two men were wounded but the bullets also went through the window of a building, striking two men who were sitting on a couch, killing William Lee Martin, 30, of the 1700 block of East Lawrence Avenue in Springfield.

“They started shooting randomly from across the street,” said Marcus Keene, who was visiting family next door.

Keene said his family knew the two men shot on the porch and that one of them had been shot in the chest, the other in the leg. He said they were long-time neighborhood residents in their late 20s.

“They didn’t gang bang or nothing like that,” Keene said. “There wasn’t any rivalry going on.”

Contributing: LeeAnn Shelton



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