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Updated: November 1, 2013 8:06AM



Two men were killed and six other people, including a 15-year-old girl, were wounded in gunfire across the city from Halloween night into early Friday.

Just after 4 a.m. Friday, a man was shot and killed while driving a vehicle in the 5600 block of West Fullerton Avenue, police said.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was stopped at a stoplight when another vehicle pulled up next to his and someone inside opened fire, striking him several times in the side of his chest, police said. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he later died.

About 9:45 p.m. Thursday, a man was shot while sitting in a vehicle with another person in the 8600 block of South Morgan Street, police said.

Marcus Gaiter, 25, was shot in the shoulder as he sat in the front passenger seat of a vehicle, authorities said. A friend drove Gaiter, who lived about two blocks east of where he was shot, to Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park. He was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m., authorities said.

In the most recent non-fatal shooting, a male and female were shot about 5 a.m. in the 6300 block of North Washtenaw Avenue in the West Ridge neighborhood, police said. The male suffered a graze wound to the abdomen and was taken in good condition to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. The female suffered a graze wound to the arm and was treated at the scene.

About 12:30 a.m., a 39-year-old man was shot several times in the 1500 block of West 57th Street in the West Englewood neighborhood, police said. The man was standing outside when an unknown male walked up and opened fire, striking him several times.

The man was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, police said.

About 11 p.m. Thursday, a 25-year-old man was shot in the arm in the 500 block of West 116th Street, police said. The man was taken to Roseland Community Hospital in good condition.

A 15-year-old girl was shot in the hand about 8:30 p.m. in the 400 block of North Central Avenue, police said.

The girl was standing with a group of people on the sidewalk when she was shot in the hand. The shooting may have been a drive-by, police said. She was taken to Loretto Hospital in good condition.

Less than an hour earlier, a man suspected of shooting a paintball gun at people was himself shot with a real gun, police said.

The 21-year-old was shot in the shoulder about 7:40 p.m. in the 7800 block of South Emerald Avenue, police said.

As Area South detectives investigated, they learned the wounded man was the same person suspected of shooting a paintball gun at people earlier in the evening, police said.

He was taken into custody for the earlier paintball incident, along with a 39-year-old man, police said. Authorities recovered two paintball guns at the scene and charges against both men are pending.Area detectives are investigating the shootings.



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