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Three wounded in shootings since late Friday

Updated: December 23, 2012 9:50AM



At least three people have been wounded in gun violence in the city late Friday through early Saturday.

About 11:40 p.m. Friday, a man was shot in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side by a man who wanted to buy some marijuana from him, police said.

The 24-year-old victim was in the 6900 block of South Vernon Avenue when he was approached by another man who asked him if he had any cannabis to sell, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago police spokesman. The victim said he didn’t, and the other man then took out a gun and shot him. The victim was struck in the lower back and left thigh, Estrada said. He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where his condition was stable as of Saturday morning, Estrada said.

Then, about 2:18 a.m. Saturday, a man was shot in the head while riding in a vehicle in the South Chicago neighborhood.

The 20-year-old man was a backseat passenger in a vehicle traveling in the 8500 block of South Burnham Avenue at 2:18 a.m. when a gunshot shattered the window and struck him in the head, police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines said. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Trinity Hospital, police said.

A man driving in the North Side Roscoe Village neighborhood Saturday morning was wounded when someone in another vehicle shot him. The man was driving in the 3400 block of North Western Avenue about 5 a.m. when someone in a gray vehicle opened fire on his car, according to Estrada.

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the back and was able to drive himself to Swedish Covenant Hospital, where his condition was stable, Estrada said.



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