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Chicago surpasses last year’s homicide total with South Side shooting

Chicago Police Officers 1131 N. Keystone where shooting victim becomes 432nd shot killed Chicago during 2012 Sunday October 28 2012.

Chicago Police Officers at 1131 N. Keystone where shooting victim becomes the 432nd shot and killed in Chicago during 2012, Sunday, October 28, 2012. I John H. White~Sun-Times

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Updated: November 30, 2012 6:20AM



Chicago’s violent year hit a deadly milestone on Monday when the city saw its 435th homicide — surpassing last year’s murder count. And it’s still only October.

The 436th homicide victim of the year was a man in his 30s. He was shot at 10:34 a.m. Monday in the 7900 block of South Escanaba. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died today, police said.

The city’s homicide count grabbed international attention when it spiked during an unusually warm spring.

President Barack Obama has talked about the violence in his adopted hometown, including in an MTV interview on Friday.

“I live on the South Side of Chicago,” said Obama. “Some of these murders are happening just a few blocks from where I live. I have friends whose family members have been killed.”

“What I know is that gun violence is part of the issue,” he said. “But part of the issue also is kids who feel so little hope and think their prospects for the future are so small that their attitude is, ‘I’m going to end up in jail or dead.’ And they will take all kinds of risks.

“If they’ve got mental health issues, are they getting the kind of services and counseling that they need early on?” he said.

“Are we making those investments in those young people so that by the time they’re 11, 12, 13, 15 ... they can make responsible choices because they feel they’ve got something at stake?”

While the city had reported there were 433 homicides in 2011, a police official on Sunday said the number of homicides last year has been updated to 435 after two deaths were reclassified.

There were six fatal shootings in Chicago from Friday night through Sunday. At least 14 others were wounded by gunfire.

At 7:59 a.m., a 35-year-old man was fatally shot in the 1300 block of West 13th, police said.

A neighbor, who asked not to be named, said several children under age 7 were in her home and dropped to the floor when they heard shots.

“It’s scary. The babies are in here watching TV and this happens,” she said.

In another shooting at 4:30 p.m., a 23-year-old man was shot Sunday in a South Side alley.

Police covered the body with a sheet as passersby craned their necks near 69th and Halsted for a look.

“It’s wild around here all the time,” said a man smoking a cigarette a few yards away, who asked not to be named. “That’s the nature of the beast. It’s sad, really.”

About six hours earlier, a 21-year-old man was killed in a shooting in the 1100 block of North Keystone in Humboldt Park, police said. A 17-year-old male was also wounded in the shooting and taken in good condition to Stroger Hospital.

Earlier still Sunday, around 2:40 a.m., 22-year-old Johnny White was shot and killed while standing in a South Side parking lot on the 7500 block of South Rhodes, police said.

On Saturday morning, 21-year-old Devon Greer was fatally shot through a window while playing video games with his brother in an apartment in Humboldt Park, authorities said.

Greer, of south suburban Lansing, was inside an apartment on the 3800 block of West Augusta Boulevard when shots rang out around 3:40 a.m., authorities said. Greer’s brother was not injured.

The most recent non-fatal shooting happened when a teenage girl and a woman were shot while inside a car around 2:15 a.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of South Wood in the Englewood neighborhood, police said.

A separate shooting left a 22-year-old woman with a bullet wound in her foot around 12:45 a.m. Sunday. The shooting happened following a fight outside a party on the 2800 block of North McVicker Avenue, police said.

Around 4:20 a.m. Saturday, three people — two males and a female — sustained minor injuries when someone shot at them on the 400 block of East 47th, police said.

Earlier Saturday a man walked into a West Side hospital after he was shot in the leg. The shooting happened around 1:40 a.m. at the intersection of Madison Street and Lavergne Avenue and the man was listed in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.

On Friday night, another man drove himself to a hospital after he was shot in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The shooting happened around 11:25 p.m. in the 100 block of South Lotus Avenue. The man told police he was standing on the street when he heard gunfire and realized he was shot in the leg. He drove himself to Loretto Hospital, where he was listed in good condition, police said.



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