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Two Dead, 23 Wounded in Weekend Shootings

By Josh McGhee | August 5, 2013 8:13am
 A 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the chest at 1:19 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of West Winneconna Parkway, officials said.
A 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the chest at 1:19 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of West Winneconna Parkway, officials said.
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CHICAGO — Two people were killed and 23 wounded in shootings citywide this weekend. Four of the incidents took place late Sunday into early Monday, leaving four wounded and a man dead, cops said.

A man, believed to be in his 40s, was shot to death about 9:50 p.m. Sunday in the 8000 block of South Normal Avenue in Chatham, authorities said. Police initially responded to a man shot in the street before discovering a second man unresponsive on the rear porch.

The two men were outside talking when two gunmen approached on foot and fired shots, police said. A 36-year-old man was found in the street with a gunshot wound in the foot and taken to Stroger Hospital in "stable" condition. The other man, who has not been identified but is believed to be in his 40s, died on scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. 

No one is in custody, said Officer Amina Greer, a police spokeswoman.

On the North Side, a 31-year-old man was shot in the 5500 block of North Kenmore Avenue in Edgewater about 3 a.m. Sunday. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in "stable" condition after being shot in his arm, Greer said.

At 12:55 a.m. Sunday, a 53-year-old man was shot in the stomach while entering his home in the 8400 block of South Hermitage in Auburn Gresham. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in "stable" condition.

A 54-year-old man was shot 40 minutes earlier in the 9100 block of South Commercial Avenue in South Chicago. The man was standing outside when a gunman approached and fired shots, police said. The man was shot in the ankle and hospitalized in good condition, Greer said.

The shootings came hours after a string of shootings Saturday into Sunday morning that left eight men wounded, including a 17-year-old boy.

One person was killed and 10 wounded, including a 6-year-old boy, Friday into Saturday, authorities said.

In a statement, Chicago Police Department spokesman Adam Collins said officers took 111 illegal guns off the streets in the last seven days, and pointed to a decrease in shootings, murders and overall crime this weekend compared to the same time period last year.

"While there have been fewer shootings, fewer murders and less crime this year, more work remains to be done," Collins said in a statement. "We will continue to partner with the community and implement our comprehensive policing strategy, but to achieve long-term reductions in violence and crime we need better laws that will reduce the number of illegal guns on our streets and punish the criminals who carry them."