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Englewood Shootout and Car Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 11 Injured, Police Say

By Alex Nitkin | September 20, 2015 10:48am | Updated on September 20, 2015 3:52pm
 Police said a man was killed and 11 people were hurt between a gang shootout and a car crash that resulted.
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ENGLEWOOD — A person is dead and 11 others are hurt following a shooting and subsequent car crash in Englewood early Sunday morning, police said.

Five were wounded from the gunfire and another six were wounded in the crash, according to police.

At 2:08 a.m., at least six people were standing in the 5800 block of South Lasalle Avenue when another group ran out from an alley across the street and opened fire, according to Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago Police spokesman.

Someone from the group pulled out a gun and returned fire, hitting a passing car, Estrada said. The car's driver lost control and flipped over.

Between the two groups shooting, Estrada said, six were hit by gunfire. One of them was taken to Saint Bernard Hospital and pronounced dead there, he said.

According to Officer Bari Lemmon, a Chicago Police spokeswoman:

• A 28-year-old man was shot in his chest and brought to Saint Bernard Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

• A 27-year-old woman was shot in her face and brought to Mount Sinai Hospital, where her condition stabilized.

• A 26-year-old woman was grazed in her forehead and brought to Saint Bernard Hospital, where she was treated and later released.

• A 19-year-old woman was shot in her buttocks and left arm. She was brought to Mount Sinai Hospital, where her condition stabilized.

• A 29-year-old man was shot in his left arm and his left leg. He was later brought to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized. Police said the man is a convicted felon with a long history of gang involvement.

• A 29-year-old woman was shot in her right foot and her left leg. She was taken to Stroger Hospital, where her condition stabilized.

Another six people were hurt when the car flipped over, Estrada said. They were all taken to area hospitals, where they were treated for what police believe to be "non-life-threatening injuries."

Police said they believe the shooting was gang-related.

Roy Lewis, who lives on the block where the crash occurred, said he was watching television when he heard "what must have been between 50 and 100" gunshots "prolonged over a few minutes" outside his house. He then heard tires screeching, and a thunderous crash.

After a few minutes, he said, when he cautiously peeked outside, he saw the overturned car with three women sprawled on the road next to it. He turned on his car headlights to illuminate the street, he said, and rushed over to them.

One of the women, he said, had a deep gash in her head and a broken arm, and was "trying to prop herself up." He said the other two women were unconscious with "severe head wounds." He waited with them, he said, for 20 minutes before the first ambulance arrived.

"She was a sweet young lady, the woman who was awake — she just kept asking for me to take her home, telling me she was from Indiana and went to college there, saying 'I shouldn't be here' over and over," Lewis choked up as he spoke. "Her voice is still ringing through my head."

Police could not provide the ages, genders or conditions of any of the people injured in the car crash.

No one is in custody, Estrada said.

Greg, a man who lives across the street from Lewis and declined to give his last name, said he heard "at least 50 shots" ring out. When he looked outside, he said, he saw 45 yellow evidence markers on the street.

Crime on the block has increased during the past few months, Greg said. He blamed the new trouble on "one particular group that's been hanging around here," pointing to a group of young men standing at the intersection of Lasalle Street and 60th Street.

"Still, though, I never imagined I'd see anything of this magnitude," Greg said. "This is just bizzare."

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