CHICAGO — Easter weekend in Chicago took a violent turn Friday night and Saturday, with at least 15 people wounded and five killed by gunfire.
The shootings spanned the city, from Edgewater to Austin to Englewood. Saturday saw at least one daytime shooting and two homicides before noon. The spike in violence came a day after Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced plans to saturate areas prone to shootings and robberies with bike patrols.
Two people were shot dead overnight: 19-year-old Nicolas Ramirez, who died after a car chase in West Town, and 20-year-old Trevolus Pickett, who was killed in Austin. Later Saturday morning, a 43-year-old man was shot to death in East Garfield Park. In South Chicago, two teens were found killed in an apartment around 10:30 a.m.
In other shootings:
• At 5:24 p.m. Saturday, in the 1700 block of West 85th Street in Gresham, a 16-year-old boy was shot multiple times in his leg, back and stomach, police said. He was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
• About 4:45 p.m. Saturday, a 20-year-old man was shot in his shoulder and the back of his head in Roseland, police said. The man was standing near a vacant lot in the first block of West 112th Street when someone opened fire. The victim was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
• About 2:40 p.m. Saturday, a man was shot in the abdomen in the 6900 block of South Halsted Street in Englewood, police said. The victim, 21, was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital. Authorities suspect the incident is gang related.
• Two men were shot in the 6600 block of South Maryland Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday, police said. One victim, 23, was shot in the back. The other, 21, was hit in the leg, police said. They were both taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition. No one is in custody, and Area Central detectives are investigating, police said.
• In Edgewater, in the 1700 block of West Rosehill Street, about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, a 46-year-old man was shot in the stomach while sitting in a vehicle, police said. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in serious condition. No one is in custody, and Area North detectives are investigating.
• In Humboldt Park, about 5:15 a.m. Saturday, a 30-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to the head while riding in a minivan in the 1700 block of North Kimball Avenue, police said. A white two-door car began following the van and firing shots at it. The van tried to flee the car, and ended up at the Shakespeare District police headquarters at 2150 N. California Ave.
The woman was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital in good condition, police said. Area North detectives are investigating what is considered a gang-related shooting. No one is in custody.
• In Hermosa, a man was grazed in his head by a bullet and refused medical attention following the shooting in the 2800 block of North Kostner Avenue about 1:15 a.m. Saturday.
• In a West Town shooting, two men standing in the 600 block of North Racine Avenue were shot from a passing dark-colored van about 12:20 a.m. Saturday, said Officer Jose Estrada, a police spokesman. A 23-year-old was shot in his thigh and a 25-year-old in his foot. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital where they are in stable condition.
• In the 600 block of North Laramie Avenue in Austin, a 55-year-old man said he was sitting in his van about 10:30 p.m. Friday when three men approached and fired at him, Estrada said. He took himself to West Suburban Hospital, where he is in good condition.
• Fifteen minutes earlier, a 39-year-old man was shot in his left leg while in the 9300 block of South May Street in Washington Heights, Estrada said. The victim is in good condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
• In Auburn Gresham, two 16-year-old boys, including one with known gang ties, was shot while they were standing on a corner with others in the 7500 block of South May Street about 9:20 p.m., Estrada said.
One of the boys was shot in his foot and taken to St. Bernard Hospital. The other was shot in both legs and taken to Christ. Both are in stable condition.
• In Belmont Cragin, a 20-year-old man was shot from a white car while he was walking in the 2300 block of North Mango Avenue about 7:35 p.m., Estrada said. He was taken to Resurrection Hospital and has since been released.