3 dead, 7 wounded in Thursday shootings across Chicago

CHICAGO (STMW) - Three people were killed and at least seven others wounded in shootings across Chicago on Thursday.

The latest homicide happened at 5:22 p.m. in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired and found 21-year-old Willie Clifton with gunshot wounds in the 7700 block of South Winchester Avenue, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Clifton, who lived in the 7900 block of South Wood Street, was dead at the scene.

A 21-year-old man was fatally shot an hour earlier in the same South Side neighborhood.

At 4:30 p.m., Christopher Keys was found in a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds in the 8300 block of South Ada, authorities said.

Keys, who lived in the 11000 block of South Artesian, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died.

Thursday morning, a tow truck driver was shot and killed in the South Side Park Manor neighborhood.

Lutredze Evans, 32, was driving a flatbed tow truck northbound in the 6800 block of South Anthony about 9 a.m. when someone opened fire at him, authorities said.

He was shot multiple times in the chest and arms, but continued driving northbound until he crashed the truck into a viaduct at 68th and King, police said.

Evans, of the 8300 block of South Rhodes, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:43 a.m., authorities said.

The latest nonfatal shooting happened about 11:15 p.m. in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the South Side.

A 47-year-old man and another man of an unknown age were shot inside of a bar in the 9300 block of Commercial Avenue after a male walked in and fired shots, police said.

The 47-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the abdomen and was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital, and the other man was shot in the lower back and taken to Christ Medical Center. Their conditions stabilized, police said.

Just after 6 p.m., a 22-year-old man was standing in the 6000 block of South Halsted when a vehicle approached and someone inside shot him in the arm. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital where his condition was stabilized, police said.

Less than three hours earlier, an 18-year-old man was shot in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

At 3:30 p.m., the man was outside in the 5500 block of South Elizabeth Street when the suspect or suspects emerged from an alley and fired shots. The man, who is a documented gang member, suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle and was taken to Stroger, where his condition was stabilized.

Earlier that morning, a man was shot during a robbery in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side.

The 28-year-old victim was walking in the 10100 block of South Indiana at 6:20 a.m. when a dark car pulled up with two males inside. The driver was armed with a gun. The passenger got out of the car and rummaged through the man’s pockets, taking his cellphone, wallet and cash, police said.

When the victim tried to run away, the driver opened fire, striking him in the ankle, police said. The car then took off. The victim was taken in good condition to Roseland Community Hospital, police said.

In the day’s first shooting, two men were shot while waiting in the drive-thru lane outside a McDonald’s restaurant in the Southwest Side West Elsdon neighborhood.

The men, ages 26 and 19, were in a vehicle in the drive-thru in the 5200 block of South Pulaski about 1:15 a.m. when a gunman walked up, started shooting and hit both of them, police said. The shooter then left in a dark-colored SUV, and the victims drove to a convenience store parking lot near 59th and Pulaski, where they called police.

The 26-year-old suffered gunshot wounds to the right hand, right shoulder and neck, while the 19-year-old was shot in the right hip, police said. They were both taken to Christ Medical Center, where their conditions were stabilized.

A police source said the 26-year-old is a documented gang member.

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