Man killed, 16 wounded in Chicago shootings Thursday

- A man was killed and 16 other people were wounded, three of them critically, in shootings Thursday across Chicago.

The fatal shooting occurred Thursday night in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

Kenneth Allen, 53, was in the 1600 block of North Luna about 8:15 p.m. when he heard gunfire and felt pain, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Allen, who lived in the 1000 block of North Merrimac, was taken to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at Stroger at 6:17 a.m. Friday.

The latest attack left a teen boy wounded in West Englewood.

The 16-year-old was on the sidewalk in the 6300 block of South Wolcott Avenue at 11:10 p.m. when a vehicle drove by and a male inside fired shots, police said. The boy suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital where his condition stabilized.

Three people were shot in the Avalon Park neighborhood less than 30 minutes earlier.

Two men, ages 23 and 27, and a 21-year-old woman were riding in a vehicle in the 7600 block of South South Chicago Avenue at 10:43 p.m. when another vehicle drove by and someone inside fired shots, police said.

The 23-year-old man was shot in the back of the neck, and the 27-year-old man was shot in the chest. Both were taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.

The woman suffered a graze wound to the right arm and was taken to Jackson Park Hospital where her condition stabilized, police said.

A male victim was shot in the neck just before 10 p.m. in the 9700 block of South Sangamon in the Washington Heights neighborhood, according to Chicago Police. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, but additional details were not immediately available.

Fifteen minutes earlier, a 25-year-old man was shot while sitting on a Woodlawn neighborhood porch. He was on the porch in the 1500 block of East 66th Place when he heard shots and realized he’d been struck in the right leg about 9:40 p.m. The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

A 16-year-old boy was shot about 9:15 p.m. in a Park Manor neighborhood alley. He was walking through the alley in the 7800 block of South Michigan when a gunman in a blue SUV opened fire, hitting the boy in the left arm, The boy was taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

An 18-year-old man was walking in the 5100 block of West West End Avenue at 8:25 p.m. when several males walked up and fired shots, police said.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to the right calf and was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park where his condition stabilized, police said.

About 6 p.m., two men were wounded in a Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood shooting on the South Side.

The men, 24 and 30, were walking into an apartment in the 1300 block of East 75th Street when someone fired shots at them from a light-colored van, according to Chicago Police. The younger man was shot in the buttocks and left arm and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized. The older man suffered a wound to the abdomen and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His condition wasn’t immediately known.

Less than 90 minutes earlier, two men were injured in separate South Side shootings that happened at the same time roughly four miles apart.

In Bridgeport, a 20-year-old man was a passenger in a vehicle sitting at a red light in the 200 block of West 31st Street at 4:48 p.m. when a light-colored car pulled up and someone inside opened fire, police said. The car then sped away. The man suffered a graze wound to the upper back, police said. Hospital information was not available.

About the same time in Back of the Yards, a 36-year-old man was shot in the left inner thigh in the 1300 block of West 51st Street, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, but his condition was not immediately known. A police source said the man is a documented gang member.

Earlier Thursday afternoon, a 23-year-old man was grazed by a bullet in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side. He was standing in front of his house in the 5500 block of West Parker about 3:15 p.m. when two people rode up on bicycles, and one removed a gun from a backpack and fired, police said. They then rode away. The man suffered a graze wound to the right wrist and was treated at the scene. A police source said the shooting was gang-related.

About 11:20 a.m., a man and a teenage boy were both injured in a Little Village neighborhood shooting on the Southwest Side. The shooting happened in the 2500 block of West 24th Place, police said. A 19-year-old man was shot in the left leg, and a 17-year-old boy was shot in the left arm. They took themselves to Mount Sinai Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized.

Thursday’s first shooting happened at 8:39 a.m. in the West Side Austin neighborhood. A 45-year-old man showed up at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park with a gunshot wound to the arm, according to police. He said he was shot a few minutes before in the 1100 block of North Leclaire. The victim’s condition was stabilized at the hospital.

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