The first call of a person shot dead in the South Shore neighborhood came in shortly after noon Thursday. A woman, four months pregnant, had been found in her home with a gunshot wound to the head, according to Chicago police.
Less than four hours later, four men were killed when a gunman opened fire at a chicken and fish restaurant less than five blocks east.
Before the day was done, a man and a woman were shot to death just after 11 p.m. in a car in front of the South Shore Cultural Center not far away, police said.
“Again in South Shore?” a woman wondered out loud as she walked past the latest crime scene, at 71st Street and South Shore Drive.
Over 12 hours Thursday, seven people were found shot to death within a four-block area of the South Shore neighborhood.
The burst of violence brought the number of people shot in Chicago this year to at least 740, according to data collected by the Tribune. There have been at least 140 homicides.
In the latest fatal shooting in South Shore, a couple were in a silver van when a black Jeep pulled alongside and someone inside fired shots, police said.
The van slammed into a pole just north of the Metra tracks. Police found a 27-year-old man in the back seat with a gunshot wound to the side of his body, and a 23-year-old woman in the front passenger seat with a gunshot wound to the head.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene. A third man in the car was uninjured.
A woman in a White Sox cap ran to the tracks screaming.
“That’s my boyfriend!” she cried out.
A train approached sounding its horn, and the guard rails began to come down around her. A police officer grabbed her and pulled her off the tracks. The train rolled east, blocking her view of the crashed minivan.
Police believe the shooters were targeting one or more people in the van.
Seven hours earlier, around 3:50 p.m., four young men were fatally shot at Nadia Fish and Chicken at 2704 E. 75th St., police said.
A gunman approached the restaurant and fired shots. It was not clear how many of the four were inside or outside the restaurant at the time.
Dillon Jackson, 20, was found dead outside the restaurant. His brother, Raheem Jackson, 19, was found against a tree. Emmanuel Stokes, 28, was inside the restaurant with Edwin Davis, 32.
Just after noon, 26-year-old Patrice L. Calvin, four months pregnant, was found dead less than four blocks away. She had suffered a gunshot wound to the head in a home in the 7500 block of South Luella Avenue.
She was pronounced dead at 12:27 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She lived on the block where police said she was found, according to the office.
Relatives exchanged hugs in the rain outside the three-story beige brick apartment building on the southeast corner of 75th and Luella where Calvin had lived.
It was not clear whether any of the shootings were related.
Seven other people were shot in Chicago from Thursday morning to early Friday.
–Just before 4:30 a.m. Friday, an 18-year-old man was shot in Canaryville on the South Side. He was standing in the 600 block of West 47th Place when someone pulled up in a car and fired shots. He was shot in the torso and went to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.
–About 2 a.m. on the Far North Side, a 35-year-old man was shot in Rogers Park. He told investigators he was smoking a cigarette outside in the 7600 block of North Sheridan Road when someone came up and opened fire, shooting him in the ankle. He went to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, and his condition was stabilized.
–Just before 10:55 p.m. Thursday on the West Side, a 30-year-old man was shot multiple times in West Garfield Park. He was on a street corner in the 300 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue when someone shot him in the right side, left hip and left forearm, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, and his condition was stabilized.
–About 3:15 p.m. on the West Side, an 18-year-old man suffered multiple wounds to the chest in a drive-by at South Cicero Avenue and West Madison Street in the Austin neighborhood and was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, according to preliminary reports. He was transferred to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
–About 1:15 p.m. on the Southwest Side, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the 2400 block of West 61st Street in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. The boy was outside when two men left a silver Porsche SUV and opened fire.
The victim ran and was struck in the biceps. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized, police said.
The gunmen were described as black and in their 30s. One was wearing a white hoodie and had a dark complexion. The other was wearing all white and also had a dark complexion, police said.
–About 11 a.m. on the Far South Side, a 19-year-old man was in his vehicle in the 1500 block of East 95th Street in the Burnside neighborhood when another man drove up and fired shots, police said.
The man was struck in the left leg and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized, police said.
–Around 7:40 a.m. on the West Side, a man walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound to the left arm, according to police.
The man told police he was walking in the first block of South Leamington Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood when someone approached and fired, police said.
The man went to Loretto Hospital about a mile away and was transferred to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed as stable, police said.
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