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2 dead, at least 6 wounded in weekend shootings

Updated: November 3, 2012 7:23PM



Two men were killed and at least six other people were wounded in gun violence across the city since early Saturday. Seven of the shootings took place in the span of about three hours.

The most recent fatality happened about 5:40 a.m. on Saturday in the South Deering neighborhood, where police officers said they found a man dead with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police officers, responding to a well-being check, discovered the man lying in the street in the 9700 block of South Exchange Avenue, said officers with the Chicago Police Department’s News Affairs office.

About 4 a.m. on Saturday, a 19-year-old man was shot dead in the Englewood neighborhood. Police said the young man was shot multiple times in the 5600 block of South Shields Avenue and was dead at the scene.

The identities for both men remained unknown as of Saturday afternoon, said a representative with the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The most recent non-fatal shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday just down the street from a public elementary school on the Near North Side.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the stomach in the 500 block of West Elm, which is not far from Edward Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts. The man was listed in serious condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.

Police said they were searching for a red Camaro in connection to the shooting. The car was last seen traveling southbound on North Cleveland Avenue near Elm Street, police said.

Other non-fatal shootings included:

A man shot in the neck on the Near West Side about 3:25 a.m. The shooting occurred in the 1300 block of South Loomis Street, Alfaro said. The man, in his 20s, was hospitalized at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

A man critically wounded during a shooting in the West Side North Lawndale neighborhood.

The shooting occurred at 3:05 a.m. in the 1600 block of South Kedzie Avenue, Alfaro said. The victim, a man in his 30s, was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back.

A female was shot Saturday morning in the Northwest Side Belmont Cragin neighborhood, just five blocks from an earlier shooting.

She was shot in the 5400 block of West Diversey Avenue at 5:57 a.m. and taken to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, Kubiak said. Her age and condition were not yet known.

Less than two hours earlier, a man sitting in a vehicle was shot and critically wounded five blocks away, in the 4900 block of West Diversey Avenue, police said. That shooting occurred at 4:13 a.m., Alfaro said.

The man, whose age was not immediately available, was taken in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds.

A male shooting victim walked into Stroger Hospital after being shot on the Lower West Side early Saturday. The shooting occurred at 4:25 a.m. in the 1800 block of West 23rd Street, Alfaro said. The male, whose age was not immediately known, walked into the hospital with a gunshot wound to the back.



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