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Two Killed, 10 Wounded in Weekend Violence

By Erica Demarest | April 20, 2013 8:55am | Updated on April 21, 2013 7:16pm
  Lucas Zimmerman, 34, and   Donald Holman, 37, were killed in shootings on the North and West sides. File photo.
Lucas Zimmerman, 34, and  Donald Holman, 37, were killed in shootings on the North and West sides. File photo.
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CHICAGO — Two men have been killed and at least 10 more were wounded across the city since Friday afternoon.

Austin resident Donald Holman, 37, of the 1200 block of North Central Avenue, was shot to death Friday night, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

He sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the legs about 8 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Menard Avenue, said Officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman. Holman was transferred to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:21 p.m.

No one was in custody Saturday morning, Mirabelli said.

Just after midnight Saturday, Lucas Zimmerman, 34, of the 4800 block of North Damen Avenue in Ravenswood, was killed in Irving Park.

According to witnesses, Zimmerman was shot in an alley in the 3300 block of West Irving Park Road before stumbling across the street and collapsing in a convenience store parking lot, Mirabelli said.

"I heard three gun shots — boom, boom, boom," said Paul Denton, 52, who lives a couple houses down from the alleyway. "Then it was quiet. I never heard a car screech away."

Zimmerman sustained gunshot wounds to the face and was pronounced dead on the scene at 12:25 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. A later autopsy revealed Zimmerman's cause of death was a "gunshot wound to the forearm."

Police believe Zimmerman may have gang affiliations, Mirabelli said, and the shooting could have been gang-related. No one was in custody Saturday morning.

Reactions in Irving Park were mixed Saturday.

"It was really scary because it was so loud," Denton said of the shooting.

One resident, who didn't wish to be named, called the alley where Zimmerman was shot "quiet and well-lit."

"It's a very safe neighborhood," she said, "or at least it has been."

She heard a loud noise around midnight, but assumed it was a car backfiring, she said. It was "unsettling" to see blood on the sidewalk Saturday morning.

Laura Cancinos, 45, whose family has lived on the street for more than 100 years, said the violence didn't surprise her. There have been other shootings in the area, and city violence has gotten worse.

"I heard two shots, and it woke me up," she said. "I ran in the back [to my 11-year-old son's room]. I thought a stray bullet could've gone through his window."

Cancinos saw first responders covering Zimmerman's body. She worried about what to tell her son.

"You can't shelter him forever," she said. "He recently told me, 'Even though I was born in this city, I'm not a city boy.' I don't like it here. I want to get out."

About 2 p.m. Friday, a 30-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 6700 block of South Throop Street in West Englewood, Mirabelli said. The man was taken to St. Bernard Hospital in stable condition.

In Washington Heights, a 22-year-old man was shot in the ankle in the 9600 block of South Peoria Street, at 4:45 p.m. Friday, Mirabelli said. The man, who has known gang affiliations, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

A man was shot in Park Manor about 12:45 p.m. Saturday, police said. The man, in his 20s, was shot in the buttocks after a vehicle pulled up to him in the 6700 block of South Langley Avenue. A passenger exited and opened fire. The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was in stable condition.

Police said a 29-year-old man was in stable condition at John H. Stroger Hospital after being shot in the 5800 block of South Michigan Avenue in Washington Park Saturday afternoon. He was wounded about 1:20 p.m. after a man walked up to him and fired multiple times, striking him.

Around 4 p.m. Saturday, a man was shot in the leg and wrist in the 4000 block of West School Street, police said. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and his condition was unknown. Police had no further information.

man was stabbed in the chest in Lakeview about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition after what appeared to be a domestic altercation in the 700 block of West Sheridan Road. Police are questioning "a person of interest," Mirabelli said.

In Auburn Gresham, a man was shot in the left side of his body during a domestic argument about 10:10 p.m. Saturday, Mirabelli said. The man, who is in his 50s, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious but stable condition after he was shot in the 1700 block of West 83rd Street.

About 3:20 a.m. Sunday, a man was shot in the back just a stone's throw from Wrigley Field, police said. The man, who is in his 20s, was taken in serious condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center after the shooting, which occurred in the 3400 block of North Sheffield Avenue.

Early Sunday evening, police said two men were shot in the city's Calumet Heights neighborhood.

The shooting occurred about 6:20 p.m. in the 9100 block of South Essex Avenue, said Officer Antoinette Ursitti, a police spokeswoman. The two men were taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital, Ursitti said citing preliminary information. The men's ages and conditions were not available, but fire officials said no medical transports were needed at the scene.

On Friday night in Canaryville, a 27-year-old man was fired upon, but not injured, Mirabelli said.

Officers saw passengers in a white vehicle open fire in the 4300 block of South Union Avenue about 10:20 p.m. Police followed the car to the 4600 block of South Princeton Avenue, where it struck a responding squad car.

A 27-year-old man at the original shooting site found a bullet lodged in his clothing, Mirabelli said. The man did not appear to have any gunshot wounds, but was taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center for observation.

Two officers were treated at a local hospital for crash-related injuries and released, and two people are in custody.