10 Dead, More Than 40 Wounded in Most Violent Weekend of 2013

By Erica Demarest and Emily Morris  on June 17, 2013 7:15am

CHICAGO — Despite the most violent weekend of the year — which left 10 dead and more than 40 people wounded — Chicago police continued to tout lower murder numbers compared to last year's statistics.

The majority of the violence took place between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, when six people were killed and at least 15 were wounded in shootings, police said. Overnight from Sunday into Monday, at least nine others were injured in shootings. Other shootings Friday and Saturday killed one and wounded 16.

On Monday, two people wounded Sunday died of their injuries.

In an email, Chicago Police Department spokesman Adam Collins said that as of 12:44 a.m. Monday, there were "eight fewer shooting incidents this weekend compared to the same weekend in 2012."

"While we've had fewer murders to date this year than any year since the mid-1960s, there's more work to be done, and we won't rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety," Collins added. ‬

Two people killed this weekend were shot by police. Sunday night, 15-year-old Michael Westley was fatally shot by officers after allegedly pointing a gun at them in the 6600 block of South Sangamon Street, police said.

About 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Marquette District officers shot an armed man in South Lawndale, police said.

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 said. They followed the man into an alley, where he slipped and fell to the ground, they said.

As the man got up, he reached for a weapon in his waistband, police said. Officers opened fire and killed the man, Antwoyn Johnson, 24, said police. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 4:11 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Johnson's mother Stacy Liberty denied that her son had a weapon.

“They shot my son for no reason,” Liberty said. “He panicked because he doesn’t like police. He gets out of the car and runs. You automatically think just because he’s black, he has a gun on him?”

While lighting candles for her son later Sunday night, she said she saw police shoot Westley.

“All I heard was pow, pow, pow, and the child was on the ground,” Liberty said. “It was a remake of what I had just gone through that morning.”

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 Chicago Police Department spokesman.

The man, later identified as Cortez Wilberton of the 200 block of South Lavergne Avenue, was taken 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 also was 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.

His family said he was leaving a friend's house on his bike when he was gunned down.

"I've been crying all night. It hurts," Jones' mother Karen Sumner said Monday. "I'm steady waiting for him to come home, and he ain't coming."

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 said some of the victims had been 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 were a 24-year-old man in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, who shot in his chest, and a 35-year-old man hit in his leg and treated at the University of Chicago Medicine.  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, police said.

Kevin 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 Hospital after being struck in his shoulder, Mirabelli said. A third victim, whose gender and age were not immediately available, was shot in the back.

About 1:05 a.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of North Campbell Avenue, two men in their 20s were shot as they sat in a parked car, police said.

Another car drove alongside them and fired shots, sending a bullet to one man's head and another to the other man's buttocks.

Shot in the head, Luis Santana, 21, of the 1900 block of West Ogden Avenue was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital at 1:15 p.m. Monday.

The other man was reported in "stable" condition at Stroger Hospital from the Ukranian Village shooting.

In another fatal incident, 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.

Alexander Lagunas, 18, of the 8100 block of South Scottsdale Avenue, was pronounced dead at the hospital at 10:08 a.m. Monday.

The woman, who was shot in her hip, was listed as stable.

In other shootings:

A 25-year-old man was shot in his head in the 9500 block of South Perry Avenue about 2:30 a.m. Monday, police said. He was taken in serious condition from the Roseland shooting to Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said.

Earlier, at 1:35 a.m., a 27-year-old man was shot in his thigh in the 5200 block of South Lowe Avenue, police said. He was reported in stable condition at Stroger Hospital after the New City shooting, police said.

At 12:15 a.m., a man took a bullet to his arm in a drive-by shooting in the 2700 block of West 16th Street in North Lawndale,  police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in "stable" condition, police said. A man was taken into custody after the incident and is being treated as person of interest, police said.

On Sunday night about 10:15 p.m., two men were shot in the 7200 block of South Dobson Avenue in Greater Grand Crossing, according to police. An 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old man were both shot in the face and taken to Jackson Park Hospital in "stable" condition, police said.

At 9:50 p.m., a man and a woman were shot in the 1500 block East 62nd Street, police said. Cops said the 26-year-old man and the 25-year-old woman were sitting in a car when an unknown man pulled alongside and fired several times at the victims, hitting the man in his arm and the woman in her upper right chest. Both were in "stable" condition at University of Chicago Hospitals after the Woodlawn shooting, cops said.

• In the 500 block of North Leclaire Avenue, two adults were shot Sunday afternoon, around 4:40 p.m. 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.

• 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.

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