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Six Dead, At Least 30 Wounded in Weekend Gun Violence

By  Josh McGhee Erica Demarest and Darryl Holliday | August 19, 2013 9:15am | Updated on August 19, 2013 11:17am

 A 22-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting at Brainerd Park in Washington Heights.
Man shot at Brainerd Park
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CHICAGO — Six people were killed, and at least 30 were wounded in shootings between Friday night and Monday morning. Among those injured was a 7-year-old boy shot late Sunday.

The most recent fatality happened about 9:50 p.m. Sunday during a drive-by in Brainerd, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.

Two men were in a car in the 1300 block of West 90th Street when someone in another vehicle opened fire, Estrada said. The victims managed to drive to West 93rd and South Elizabeth streets, where an ambulance was called.

Jerrell Brooks, 28, of the 9200 block of South Aberdeen Street, was shot in his head and pronounced dead at the morgue at 1:40 a.m. Monday. Another 28-year-old man was shot in his left shoulder and treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Neither man had known gang affiliations, Estrada said.

Despite the bloody weekend, Chicago Police spokesman Adam Collins said crime is down. Citywide shootings have dropped 21 percent this year. Murders are down 25 percent, and overall crime is down 15 percent, Collins said.

During this same weekend in 2012, Chicago police tallied seven homicides — compared with six this year, Collins said. In the last week, police have recovered 155 illegal guns.

"While there has been less crime this year, fewer shootings and fewer murders than any year since 1965," Collins said in an e-mail, "one victim is one too many, and certainly more work remains."

In other homicides:

• About 3:45 a.m. Sunday in West Garfield Park, 20-year-old Jeremy McGrone was fatally shot in his chest during an argument in the 100 block of South Springfield Avenue, authorities said. McGrone was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 5:21 a.m. Sunday.

• About 2:10 a.m. Sunday, Berling Robinson, 36, was shot in his chest, stomach and both legs during a possible drive-by in the 200 block of West 94th Street. He was pronounced dead at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the medical examiner's office.

• Just before midnight Saturday, 19-year-old Antoine Green was fatally shot in his head while riding his bicycle in the 800 block of South Lawndale Avenue. Green was pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m. Sunday after the East Garfield Park shooting, which police say may have been gang- or drug-related.

• Daquan Boyd, 20, was fatally shot in his chest in Austin about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. Two gunman on bicycles rode down the first block of South Parkside Avenue and shot at Boyd and a friend, striking both, according to police.

• An argument about beer turned bloody Friday night when 35-year-old Juan Delafuente was fatally shot in the 1800 block of North Pulaski Road in Hermosa, police said. Delafuente had been drinking with co-workers at a party when the shooting occurred. He was pronounced dead at 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

In nonfatal shootings:

At least 30 people were wounded in shootings since 6 p.m. Friday. Among those injured was a 7-year-old boy who was hit shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday.

• The most recent nonfatal shooting happened about 1:50 a.m. Monday when a 44-year-old man walked into Advocate Trinity Hospital with a gunshot wound in his arm, said Officer Ron Gaines, a Police Department spokesman. The man said he was shot in the 2500 block of East 102nd Street.

• Around midnight, three people were shot in the 5100 block of South Archer Avenue in Archer Heights, Gaines said. A 29-year-old man was shot in his neck and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. A 23-year-old man was struck in his leg, and a 26-year-old woman was shot in both legs. Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

• About the same time in Austin, a 23-year-old woman was shot in her back in the 1100 block of North Mason Avenue, Gaines said. The woman was treated at Stroger Hospital.

• Shootings Saturday night into Sunday left 14 injured.

• Shootings Friday night into Saturday left 10 wounded.