8 killed, 44 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Eight people were killed and at least 44 others wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning, including a west suburban man fatally shot on a sidewalk near Millennium Park.

The downtown shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Michigan and Monroe in the Loop, where 54-year-old Peter Fabbri was walking with two other people. He got into an argument with another man, who pulled out a gun and shot him in the head, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Fabbri, a Berwyn resident, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died at 5:53 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. The shooter took off on a bicycle but was arrested nearby, police said. No charges had been filed as of Monday morning.

A person of interest is also in custody for the weekend’s most recent homicide, which happened about 4:30 a.m. Sunday in the South Side Calumet Heights neighborhood. A 28-year-old man was shot in the neck in the 9200 block of South Colfax and pronounced dead at Trinity Hospital at 5:04 a.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office. His name has not yet been released. The shooting was thought to be gang-related.

About 7:25 p.m. Saturday, a 22-year-old man was shot to death in the Englewood neighborhood. Nathan V. Watson was standing outside looking at a vehicle in the 1500 block of West 56th Street when shots rang out and he was struck multiple times, authorities said. Watson, of the 5700 block of South Ashland, was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:17 p.m.

Earlier Saturday, a 37-year-old man was shot to death in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. Jewneus Clifford Wilson was found about 2:35 a.m. by officers responding a call of a person down in the 2600 block of West Wilcox Street, authorities said. Wilson, of the 7800 block of South Shore Drive, had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Less than 30 minutes earlier, a man was killed and a woman wounded in Gage Park on the Southwest Side. They were outside at 2:10 a.m. in the 2200 block of West 50th Street when a vehicle pulled up and a gunman got out and opened fire. A bullet struck 20-year-old Jose Vizcarra in the head, and a 24-year-old woman in the foot, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Vizcarra, of the 400 block of North Hamlin, was dead at the scene, authorities said. The woman was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in fair condition.

Friday night, a 19-year-old man was killed and a 20-year-old man critically wounded in another Englewood neighborhood shooting. A gunman walked up to them about 8 p.m. in the 5600 block of South Racine and opened fire, hitting Izael McKenzie in the head and the older man in the back, authorities said. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, where McKenzie died at 8:44 p.m. He lived in the 5600 block of South Throop. The other man was in critical condition, police said.

About 5:35 p.m. Friday, 21-year-old Joaquin Gonzalez was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene in the 2600 block of West Haddon in Humboldt Park, authorities said. Police have not provided details on the shooting, but an autopsy ruled Gonzalez’s death a homicide. He lived in the 7700 block of South Peoria.

The weekend’s first fatal shooting came 10 minutes earlier in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. Someone chased 56-year-old Carl Jackson into his apartment building in the 1000 block of West 77th Street and shot him repeatedly, authorities said. Jackson died at the scene.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. Monday in the Wicker Park neighborhood. A 23-year-old man was sitting in the back seat of a vehicle in the 2000 block of West Pierce when he heard gunfire and felt pain, police said. He was shot in the right side of his torso and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

At least 41 more people were shot in other city attacks between 4:15 p.m. Friday and 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

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