Sixteen people were shot in an 11-hour period Monday, including two along a Safe Passage route in the West Englewood neighborhood, according to authorities.
The shootings — from Cragin on the Northwest Side to Roseland on the Far South Side — left five dead. Those shot ranged in age from 16 to 56. Several survivors were left in critical condition.
The burst of shootings came after no one was reported shot in the city through most of the day Sunday into early Monday.
–The two shot on the Safe Passage route were near Damen Avenue and Marquette Road when someone shot them about 9:20 a.m. Monday, police said. An 18-year-old was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the face. A 20-year-old was shot in the abdomen and taken to Stroger Hospital, police said. The older of the two shot later died from his wounds.
The two were shot by someone who approached on foot and opened fire, police said.
Safe Passage routes are meant to help Chicago Public Schools students get to and from school. The route for O’Toole Elementary School runs from 65th Street to 66th Street on Seeley Avenue, east on 66th to Damen, from 66th to 71st Street along Damen, and on 71st between Hamilton and Wolcott avenues.
Harper High School, also in the area, has Safe Passage routes on 65th, 66th and Marquette that run from Wood Street west to Damen.
–At 9:30 p.m., a 40-year-old man was shot in the 5700 block of South Emerald Avenue, police said. He was in a parked vehicle when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots. The bullet went through his left thigh and into his right thigh. He went to Stroger Hospital and his condition was stabilized.
–A 25-year-old man was shot in the 10600 block of South Sangamon Avenue about 8:25 p.m. He was shot in the back and pronounced dead. Police responded to a call of shots fired and found a man shot in a car that had crashed after its driver had been shot. He was pronounced dead at Roseland Hospital, police said.
–A man was shot in the 8900 block of South Ada Street about 7:50 p.m. and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Additional details about that shooting weren’t immediately available. Police initially said the shooting occurred in the 8900 block of South Throop Street, but that information later was corrected.
–Two teens were shot, one fatally, in the 3000 block of South Kedvale about 5 p.m. in the Little Village neighborhood, police said. A 19-year-old died and a 16-year-old shot in the back is in stable condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. The older of the two shot affiliates with a gang in that area and the shooting was tied to his gang affiliation, according to police. The person who did the shooting approached and fled on foot, police said. No one is in custody.
Two hours after the shooting, the body of an 19-year-old man was still there, partially covered by a sheet outside a two-story firehouse just north of 31st Street on Kedvale Avenue.
Amid the steady downpour, about a half dozen of man’s family walked swiftly toward the crime scene. They told the police the man’s name and birthday, to which he gave a reluctant nod.
A woman, who identified herself as the victim’s sister, wailed to her mother.
“I should’ve kept him (mom)!” she said. “I’m so sorry, David!”
“Not David!” the mother yelled.
As the mother sat and sobbed under the awning of a building on the corner, the sister then turned toward six men with hooded sweatshirts in front of a grocery store across the street.
“I hate every one of you (expletive) idiots,” she said to silent stares.”I hate this (expletive) neighborhood!”
Valerie Lazo, 36, who lives a block away, saw the police presence and walked toward the scene, noticing his sneakers poking out of the sheet.
“I just came out because I was afraid to God that it was someone I know,” Lazo said
“It’s very deceiving, but it’s very gang infested here. Lately it’s been innocent bystanders. You don’t have to be associated with them, just seen with them.”
Lazo said the Latin Kings and Two-Six gangs have been contributing to much of the bloodshed in the neighborhood. Gangs signs were apparent, drawn on mailboxes, written store front windows and etched in the sidewalk.
Even for Lazo, who served 8 years in the Marine Corps, including a tour in Iraq, the violence is disturbing.
“I think being here is worse than over there,” Lazo said. “And that’s sad.”
–A man, 39, was left dead after a shooting in the 1000 block of East 100th Place about 4:40 p.m., police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the stomach. He was later pronounced dead there. Police said the shootings may be related to drug sales.
–A 26-year-old man in a car with two others was shot by someone on the street about 3:23 p.m., according to police. That shooting happened near the intersection of 95th Street and Salle Street, police said. He was driven to Saint Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center before being transferred to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. He’s in serious condition, police said.
–A 22-year-old man was shot in the foot in the Roseland neighborhood about 2:45 p.m. He was shot in the 10600 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue about 2:41 p.m. and drove himself to Roseland Hospital, police said.
–A shooting left two men wounded on the Northwest Side. They drove to Community First Medical Center after getting shot near the intersection of Diversey and Long avenues in the Cragin neighborhood about 2 p.m. A 19-year-old was shot in the shoulder and arm, and an 18-year-old was shot in the shoulder, police said. Both were stable.
–A 28-year-old man was shot in the 1400 block of North Fairfield Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood about 1:15 p.m. He ran to the 2600 block of West Potomac Avenue and was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, police said.
–A 36-year-old man was shot about 11:45 a.m. in the 5000 block of South Peoria Street. He was shot in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition, according to authorities.
–A man died after getting shot in the 7200 block of South May Street in the Englewood neighborhood about 11:25 a.m., police said. Davon Horace, 19, was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition with three wounds to his back, one to his buttocks and one to his arm, according to authorities. He was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital. The two people who shot him fled west in an alley, police said.
–A 56-year-old man was shot Monday morning in the 500 block of South California Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood. He walked into Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to his back about 10:20 a.m. His condition was stabilized.
The city had gone 33 hours without a shooting from early Sunday into Monday morning. January has been especially violent, with more people shot in the first three weeks of the year than in the same period for any of the last four years.
At least 228 people have been shot in January, 37 of them fatally.
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