Five People Die From Gun Violence Within 17 Hours

By Quinn Ford on December 19, 2013 8:11am 

 Five people, including two teens and a 74-year-old man, died since Wednesday afternoon from gunshot wounds.
Five people, including two teens and a 74-year-old man, died since Wednesday afternoon from gunshot wounds.
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JACKSON HIGHLANDS — Five people, including two teens and a 74-year-old man, were killed in gun violence across the South and Southwest sides since Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Two men were found shot to death just blocks apart in the Jackson Park Highlands early Thursday morning, police said.

About 4:45 a.m., a 74-year-old man was found shot repeatedly in a car in the 7000 block of South East End Avenue, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a police spokeswoman.

Willie Cooper, of the 6800 block of South Crandon Avenue, was pronounced dead on the scene at 5:08 a.m., authorities said. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Shortly afterwards, police found a 41-year-old man fatally shot blocks away, Sedevic said.

About 5:20 a.m., cops discovered the man's body behind the wheel of a car in the 6700 block of South East End Avenue. He had been shot in his torso and neck.

Eric "Guitar" Davis, of the 10400 block of South Eggleston Avenue, was pronounced dead on the scene at 6:07 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

As of Thursday morning, police were investigating if there was any connection between the two shootings. No one was in custody.

Hours earlier, a 27-year-old man was shot to death in the Gage Park neighborhood.

The man was getting out of his car near the intersection of 53rd Street and Talman Avenue when a gunman approached and began shooting about 3 a.m. The victim was hit in his face and body. He tried to run away, but collapsed in a nearby alley.

Salvador Diaz, 27, of the 5000 block of South Spaulding Avenue, was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital at 3:56 a.m. Thursday. Cops said the shooting may have been gang-related.

On Wednesday, two teens died from injuries they suffered in shootings earlier this week. A 16-year-old boy died late Wednesday after he was shot in Little Village Tuesday night.

Christopher Ramirez, 16, was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, according to the medical examiner's office.

Ramirez was walking in the 2600 block of South Trumbull Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when a gunman got out of a van and began shooting, police said. Ramirez, of the 2800 block of South Trumbull, was shot in his head and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

A 17-year-old boy died Wednesday afternoon after he was shot Monday in Chatham.

Ladarius Brisco, of the 8200 block of South Vernon Avenue, was pronounced dead just before 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to the medical examiner's office.

Police found the teen about 1 p.m. in the 8200 block of South Champlain Avenue after he was shot in his head, police said. No further details were available.

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