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Six Killed in Weekend Violence

By Erica Demarest | May 28, 2013 7:42am | Updated on May 28, 2013 10:02am
 Six people were killed in shootings over the holiday weekend.
Six people were killed in shootings over the holiday weekend.
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CHICAGO — Six people were killed and scores of others wounded in Memorial Day weekend violence across the city, police said.

But police said there was a noticeable decline in the amount of violence compared with Memorial Day weekend last year, when 10 people were killed and 47 were wounded in shootings.

Early Sunday near Goose Island, a man was shot dead in a confrontation involving a fender-bender, police said.

Charles Jones, 44, was shot in his head after a man sideswiped his luxury car in the 1000 block of North Branch Avenue about 2:49 a.m., authorities said. A 42-year-old woman, a passenger in Jones' car, also was shot.

Jones, the manager of a Far South Side strip club, was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. No one was in custody for the incident.

A 28-year-old man was fatally shot about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 12100 block of South Indiana Avenue in West Pullman, Mirabelli said. The man, Malcolm Dobbey, was shot in his side and later died at Advocate Christ Medical Center at 3:20 a.m.

An 18-year-old man was fatally shot in his head Saturday night during an apparent drive-by in the 7300 block of South Dorchester Avenue, said Officer John Mirabelli, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.

Fearro Denard, who lived on the same South Shore block where he was killed, was pronounced dead on the scene at 9:30 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Early Saturday, Gregory Dixon, 29, was killed in his home in the 1400 block of East 52nd Street, authorities said.

Dixon buzzed two men into his Hyde Park apartment building and left his front door open for them, Greer said. The men began shooting once they reached the apartment, striking Dixon in his chest and back. He was pronounced dead at 1:48 a.m., and police said he had gang affiliations.

In Humboldt Park, a 22-year-old man was found on the sidewalk outside his family's home in the 1100 block of North Lawndale Avenue about 11:45 p.m. Friday, said Officer Amina Greer, a Police Department spokeswoman.

The man, who the morgue identified as Tevin Kirkman, had a gunshot wound in the back of his head. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:20 a.m. Saturday. According to police, Kirkman had gang ties.

In Austin, 17-year-old Leetema Daniels died after he and a friend were shot in the 400 block of North Central Avenue Friday night, authorities said.

When police responded to a call about shots fired in the area about 11 p.m., they found Leetema and an 18-year-old man on the ground.

Leetema, who had been shot in his head, was declared dead on the scene at 1:56 a.m. Saturday, according to the morgue. His 18-year-old companion was shot in his chest and treated at Mount Sinai Hospital, Greer said.

Six people were wounded in Monday shootings, including a 15-year-old girl. From Friday until Sunday, at least 11 other people were hurt in nonfatal shootings and one stabbing.

Quinn Ford and Emily Morris contributed.