Police: 5 killed, 12 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Five people were killed and at least 12 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since late Friday afternoon, police said.

The most recent homicide happened Sunday night in Englewood.

Officers responding to a call of a person shot about 8:40 p.m. in the 5700 block of South Union found a 19-year-old man unresponsive on a sidewalk with gunshot wounds to the leg and chest, according to Chicago Police.

He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he later died, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately confirm the fatality.

Six hours earlier, another man was gunned down in the same neighborhood.

Jacques Barnes, 20, was in a vehicle in the 1000 block of West 71st Street at 2:50 p.m. when another vehicle pulled up and someone got out and fired shots, according to police and the medical examiner’s office.

Barnes, of the 4700 block of South Wabash, was shot in the head and body and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 5:28 p.m., authorities said.

Saturday night in Chicago Lawn, a 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the Southwest Side neighborhood. 

He was found dead about 8:30 p.m. in the 6200 block of South Rockwell Street with a gunshot wound to the head, police said. He was killed in a possible drive-by involving a gray vehicle. The medical examiner’s office was still withholding his name Sunday night pending notification of his family.

Another man was shot to death early Saturday in West Englewood.

The 38-year-old was talking to his girlfriend in the 1200 block of West 71st Place shortly after 1 a.m. when three people walked up and shot him in the left armpit, police said. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital and later pronounced dead. His name was withheld Sunday.

The weekend’s first fatal shooting occurred Friday night in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side.

Rashad Taylor, 24, was driving southbound in the 7000 block of South Calumet Avenue about 7:45 p.m. when two gunmen fired shots from a sidewalk, striking him twice in the right ribcage, authorities said.

He managed to keep driving two blocks south, where he stopped and his passenger flagged down police.

Taylor, of the 8200 block of South Buffalo, was taken to Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:08 p.m., authorities said. Police said the man was a documented gang member and did not cooperate with investigators before he died.

The latest nonfatal shooting happened Sunday night, as part of an eight-hour bust of gunfire that left at least eight people wounded in addition to the two Englewood homicides.

About 8 p.m., a 36-year-old man was shot in the left arm in West Garfield Park. He was riding in a vehicle in the 4500 block of West Maypole when someone got out of another vehicle on the block and started shooting, police said. He was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Less than 30 minutes earlier, a man in his 30s was shot and critically wounded in Austin. He was sitting in a vehicle parked in the 5400 block of West Race about 7:35 p.m. when someone walked up and started shooting, police said. He was shot repeatedly and taken to Mount Sinai in critical condition.

At 5:30 p.m., a 19-year-old woman was shot in the mouth while walking with a documented gang member in Gage Park’s 5300 block of South Sacramento, police said.  A vehicle pulled up to them, they exchanged words and someone in the car fired shots. She was taken in serious condition to Mount Sinai. The woman wasn’t the intended target — her companion was, police said.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m., four people were shot in a North Lawndale attack on the West Side. The were outside in the 4100 block of West Roosevelt when a gunman walked up, fired shots and then took off in a vehicle, police said.

A 24-year-old man shot in the leg and foot and a 25-year-old woman shot in both legs were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where their conditions stabilized, police said. Two men, ages 21 and 22, each suffered hip wounds and were taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital.

A police source said the three men shot are documented gang members.

About an hour earlier, a man was shot on the South Side while collecting signatures for a politician.

Officers responded to the shooting in the 7900 block of South Halsted at 12:25 p.m. A short time later, a 42-year-old man called 911 and said he was shot in the leg during a robbery, police said. He was taken in good condition to Christ Medical Center. The victim was collecting signatures for an elected official when the shooting happened, according to a police source.

At least four others have been wounded in more attacks across the city since 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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