Three Killed, Thirteen Wounded in Shootings Since Wednesday Afternoon

By Erica Demarest on July 4, 2013 9:44am 

 Police investigate the scene where a 24-year-old man was shot Wednesday evening in the 2400 block of East 79th Street.
Police investigate the scene where a 24-year-old man was shot Wednesday evening in the 2400 block of East 79th Street.
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CHICAGO — Three people were killed and at least thirteen others wounded in shootings between Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, police said.

The most recent homicide occurred about 7:25 p.m. Wednesday in Woodlawn when three men were shot — one fatally — in the 6600 block of South Champlain Avenuesaid Officer Michael Sullivan, a police spokesman.

Ernest McMullen, 26, of the 800 block of East 46th Street, was shot in his head and pronounced dead at Saint Bernard Hospital at 7:38 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

An 18-year-old man was listed in critical condition at Stroger Hospital for a gunshot wound in his chest, Sullivan said, while a 19-year-old man was shot in his shoulder and treated at Saint Bernard.

Little information is available, Sullivan said, because the victims are being uncooperative.

In South Shore, 24-year-old Rayford Brown was fatally shot in his back about 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said. Brown was standing in the 2400 block of East 79th Street when someone got out of a green car and began shooting, Sullivan said.

Brown, who lived in the 2400 block of East 77th Street, was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m., according the to the medical examiner's office.

A Back of the Yards man died Friday after he was shot in his head Thursday, officials said. Police said the 20-year-old man was shot in the head about noon in the 5600 block of South Western Avenue.

Officials at the Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the man as Shavonte Howard of the 5300 block of South Hoyne Avenue. After the shooting, Howard was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

In other shootings:

• Two men were shot in Austin just after 3 a.m. Thursday, Sullivan said. The men were involved in a verbal argument in the 1100 block of South Mason Avenue when someone opened fire.

A 27-year-old man is listed in serious condition at Loyola University Medical Center with a gunshot wound in his head, Sullivan said, while a 28-year-old man was struck in his leg.

• In Austin, three people were shot in the 20 block of North Leclaire Avenue about 2:19 a.m. Thursday, Sullivan said. Two victims were treated at West Suburban Hospital: a 29-year-old man who was struck in his right ankle, and a 25-year-old woman who was hit in her left arm.

A third victim, a 25-year-old woman hit in her neck and buttocks, is listed in serious condition at Stroger Hospital.

• Just after midnight Thursday, a 19-year-old man was shot in his chest during a drive-by in Roseland in the 10100 block of South Indiana Avenue, Sullivan said. The man, who police say has gang ties, was listed in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

• In East Garfield Park, a man was shot in his leg about 5:48 p.m. Wednesday in the 2700 block of West Polk Street, said Officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman. The victim was listed in stable condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

• Six minutes earlier in the same neighborhood, a 19-year-old man was shot in his leg, Mirabelli said. The shooting occurred in the 3600 block of West Lexington Street, and the victim was also treated at Mount Sinai.

• A 20-year-old man is also listed in critical condition at Christ after he was shot in his head in Roseland about 3 p.m. Wednesday. No one is in custody for the shooting, which occurred in the 500 block of West 104th Street, Sullivan said.

• About 2:11 p.m. Wednesday, two men were shot in North Lawndale. Two groups of people were involved in an altercation in the 1600 block of South Komensky Avenue, Sullivan said, when someone opened fire.

A 19-year-old man was hit in his lower back, and an 18-year-old man was struck in his foot. Both men were treated at Mount Sinai Hospital. Little information is available, Sullivan said, because the victims are being uncooperative.

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