Police: 6 killed, 18 wounded in Presidents Day weekend shootings

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Presidents Day weekend shootings have left six people dead and at least 18 others wounded across the city, according to Chicago Police.

Most recently, two men were discovered shot to death Sunday morning in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood on the South Side.

Officers responded to a call of a person shot in the 5000 block of South Champlain at 10:50 a.m. and discovered two people unresponsive with gunshot wounds inside an apartment, police said. Both men, ages 25 and 26, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not yet been released.

Earlier Sunday, another man was found shot to death in the Longwood Manor neighborhood on the South Side.

A 22-year-old man was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the back about 1 a.m. inside a vehicle in the 9700 block of South Sangamon. Police said he had been driving southbound on Sangamon when he was shot before crashing his vehicle.

He was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, where he was pronounced dead, police said. His name has not yet been released.

Saturday morning, a 27-year-old woman was gunned down while trying to intervene in a fight at an Austin neighborhood party on the West Side.

Two people got into an argument about 5:25 a.m. at the party in the 300 block of South Cicero. Latania Anderson, 27, stepped in between the two males to break them up, but one of them shot her in the head, according to police and the medical examiner’s office.

Anderson, who lived in the 4700 block of West Maypole, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Less than two hours earlier, a Back of the Yards neighborhood shooting left a man dead.

Officers responding to a call of shots fired about 3:50 a.m. in the 4700 block of South Laflin Street found 24-year-old Lorenzo Garcia outside with a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.

Garcia, who lived one block south in the 4800 block of South Laflin, was taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

About 2 a.m., one man was killed and two others were wounded in a shooting in the West Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

The three men— ages 22, 23 and 25— were in a vehicle shortly after 2 a.m. in the 6800 block of South Lawndale when the occupants of another vehicle started shooting at them, police said.

They showed up at Holy Cross Hospital and were later transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.

The 23-year-old, later identified as Vincent Avila of the 5400 block of South Moody Avenue, was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at 5:30 a.m., authorities said.

The 25-year-old was listed in serious condition with a neck wound and the 22-year-old was in good condition with wounds to the right wrist and left shoulder, police said.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Monday night in the Riverdale neighborhood on the Far South Side.

A male, whose age was not known, was shot in the right leg about 11 p.m. in the 13000 block of South Ellis, according to preliminary information from police. Additional details were not immediately available.

About an hour earlier, a 15-year-old girl was wounded in a Gage Park neighborhood shooting on the Southwest Side.She was walking in the 5100 block of South Homan shortly before 10 p.m. when she heard gunfire and realized she’d been shot in the right shoulder, police said. The teen was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where her condition was stabilized.

Earlier Monday in the West Side Humboldt Park neighborhood, a 23-year-old man was shot in the left thigh in the 900 block of North Drake at 12:38 p.m., police said. He took himself to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where his condition stabilized.

Less than an hour earlier, an 18-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was in the 2700 block of South Pulaski about noon when the shooter walked up and opened fire, striking him in the groin and thigh, police said. He was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai.

At least 12 more people have been wounded in other shootings since 5 p.m. Friday.

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