2 dead, 26 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Two men were killed and at least 26 other people have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday afternoon.

The latest killing happened Sunday evening when a man was found dead with gunshot wounds to his head and back in the West Side Austin neighborhood, according to Chicago Police. He was found about 8:34 p.m. in the 1000 block of North Lavergne. The man, whose exact age wasn’t immediately known, was unresponsive and had multiple gunshot wounds to the head and back. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Area North detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.

More than 24 hours earlier, a man was shot dead at 5:54 p.m. Saturday in the South Chicago neighborhood. The 25-year-old man was standing in front of a home in the 7900 block of South Manistee when someone came out of a gangway and fired shots, according to police. The man was struck in the chest and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office didn’t immediately confirm either death.

Most recently, a man was shot by an armed robber Sunday evening in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. The 49-year-old was walking about 10 p.m. when someone with a gun walked up to him in the 4800 block of West Chicago and announced a robbery, police said. When the man told the robber he had no money, the suspect fired shots at him. He was struck in the right hand and grazed in the head. His condition was stabilized at Mount Sinai Hospital.

In the afternoon, a man was wounded in a Roseland neighborhood shooting on the Far South Side. The 23-year-old was standing on a porch about 3:15 p.m. when a gold-colored truck drove up to the home in the 11000 block of South Emerald and someone inside the truck opened fire, according to police. He was struck in the right arm and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He was listed in good condition.

Earlier in the afternoon, two men were shot at 1:18 p.m. in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side. The men, ages 20 and 34, were walking in the 11100 block of South Halsted when they heard shots coming from an alley and felt pain, police said. The younger man was shot in his right leg and left arm, and the older man suffered a gunshot wound to his right leg. They were taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized.

Just more than two hours earlier, a 55-year-old man was grazed by a bullet in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side. The man was standing on the sidewalk in the 400 block of East 63rd when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He showed up at University of Chicago Medical Center with a graze wound to his head before being taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

About 5:35 a.m. Sunday, a 27-year-old man was wounded in a Brighton Park neighborhood shooting on the Southwest Side. He was shot in the right thigh in the 4700 block of South Western, police said. He later showed up at Mercy Hospital, where his condition stabilized. He was then transferred to Stroger Hospital.

Before that, the city went more than six hours without a shooting incident. A 27-year-old man was shot in the buttocks about 11 p.m. Saturday while he was standing in the alley in the 9800 block of South Carpenter in the Longwood Manor neighborhood on the South Side, police said. He walked into Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, where his condition was stabilized.

At least 19 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Last weekend, eight people were killed and 11 others were wounded in shootings across the city.

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