Seven Dead, More Than 30 Wounded in Most Violent Weekend of 2013
CHICAGO — The city saw its most violent stretch of the year, as a weekend punctuated by Father's Day instead was defined by seven homicides — including one at the hands of police — and more than 30 people wounded in gun violence across Chicago.
Six people were killed and at least 15 others wounded in shootings between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, police said. Other shootings Friday and Saturday killed one and wounded 16, bringing the bloody weekend tally to seven dead, 31 wounded.
The most recent fatal shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when Marquette District police officers shot an armed man in South Lawndale, police said in a statement.
Officers were attempting to curb a car for a traffic violation in the 1700 block of South Springfield Avenue when a passenger jumped out of the vehicle and ran. Police followed the man into an alley, where he slipped and fell to the ground.
As the man got up, he reached for a weapon in his waistband. Officers opened fire and killed the man, Antwoyn Johnson, 24. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 4:11 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.
In West Garfield Park, a 31-year-old man was shot dead about 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of South Keeler Avenue, said Officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman.
The man, later identified as Cortez Wilberton of the 200 block of South Lavergne Avenue, was rushed to Loretto Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:13 a.m. A 31-year-old female companion who suffered a graze wound to her cheek was also taken to Loretto.
In Englewood, 19-year-old Jamal Jones was found shot on the sidewalk in the 7400 block of South Parnell Avenue about 1:13 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.
Jones, who lived in the 8800 block of South Yale Avenue, had been hit in his chest, stomach and shoulder. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:18 a.m. Sunday.
Just after midnight Sunday, four men were shot — one fatally — in the 900 block of East 79th Street in Greater Grand Crossing, Mirabelli said. The men were standing inside a club when someone opened the front door and fired shots. Police believe some of the victims were involved in an altercation outside the club moments before the shooting.
Todd Wood, 40, of the 8100 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue, was hit in his back and pronounced dead at Advocate Trinity Hospital at 12:04 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.
Also injured: a 24-year-old man is in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after being shot in his chest. A 35-year-old man was hit in his leg and treated at the University of Chicago Hospital, while a 25-year-old man was hit in his leg and treated at Jackson Park Hospital.
About 11:45 p.m. Saturday, a 16-year-old boy was killed in the 4100 block of West North Avenue in Humboldt Park, Mirabelli said. The teen, identified as Kevin Rivera of the 1500 block of North Keystone Avenue, was walking through an alley when someone on a bicycle pulled a gun and began shooting.
Rivera was struck in his left arm and back and managed to walk a short distance before collapsing, Mirabelli said. The teen was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:37 a.m. Sunday.
Three people were shot — one fatally — in the 2500 block of South Ridgeway Avenue in South Lawndale about 10:50 p.m. Saturday, Mirabelli said.
Ricardo Herrera, 21, of the 2400 block of South Marshall Boulevard, was hit in his forehead, cheek and calf, and pronounced dead on the scene at 12:13 a.m. Sunday. A 20-year-old man was listed in stable condition at Mount Sinai after being struck in his shoulder, Mirabelli said. A third victim, whose gender and age were not immediately available, was shot in the back.
In other shootings:
• In the 500 block of North Leclaire Avenue, two adults were shot Sunday afternoon, around 4:40, fire officials said. One was taken in stable condition to West Suburban Hospital, and the other victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious-to-critical condition.
• A 34-year-old man was shot in his head, back and leg in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street in East Garfield Park at 3:47 a.m. Sunday, Mirabelli said. A friend drove the man to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Few details are available because the victim was uncooperative, police said.
• Shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, a 32-year-old man was shot in his arm in West Englewood, Mirabelli said. The man had been standing with a group of friends in the 2000 block of West 56th Street when someone in a red Jeep fired shots. The victim is in stable condition at Holy Cross Hospital.
• Two people were shot in South Lawndale about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Mirabelli said. An 18-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were in car in the 3100 block of South Pulaski Road when a gray Jeep pulled up and someone inside opened fire.
Both victims were rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where the man is listed in critical condition. The woman, who was shot in her hip, is stable.
• In Washington Heights, 20-year-old man was shot in his buttocks and thigh in the 9400 block of South Loomis Street about 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Mirabelli said. The man, who was treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center, had been standing with a group of friends when someone in a dark-colored minivan opened fire.
• Two men were shot in Ashburn about 9:30 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of South Homan Avenue and West 77th Street, Mirabelli said. One man was struck in his leg and arm, while the other was hit in his leg. No further information was available.