13 dead, 43 wounded in Father's Day weekend shootings

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Thirteen people were killed and at least 43 more were wounded in shootings across the city between Friday evening and early Monday.

On Monday evening, Archbishop Blase Cupich issued a statement decrying the Father’s Day weekend violence, calling out the shooting of a 3-year-old in Woodlawn and that of a man shot dead steps from Catholic church.

“This terrible violence is destroying not only those killed and wounded, but all of us,” Cupich said. “If we want to survive as a community that treasures life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we must act now to put an end to this carnage.”

The archbishop called for getting “combat weapons off our streets,” such as the one police said was used to kill Salvador Suarez as he was walked eastbound on 46th Street in front of Holy Cross Church in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

Cupich urged citizens and elected officials to work together on the issue of gun violence in the city.

“Doing nothing is no longer an option,” he said.

The last homicide reported for the weekend occurred about 1:30 a.m. Monday in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side. Officers responding to a call of a person shot in the 7300 block of South University found the 22-year-old man lying in the gangway, according to Chicago Police. He was shot in the head and back and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Less than an hour earlier, a 29-year-old man was shot in the lower back and chest in Englewood’s 1500 block of West 69th Street and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died, police said.

Late Sunday, a 21-year-old man was was in a vehicle in the 600 block of South Lake Shore Drive when shots rang out and he was struck in the lower back, police said. He was driven to the first block of East 35th Street, where he was abandoned, police said. Officers responding to that block about 10:40 p.m. found him lying on the ground and he was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he later died, according to police.

Earlier Sunday evening, another 21-year-old man died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen after showing up at St. Bernard Hospital at 326 W. 64th St. about 6:50 p.m., according to police. Otis Richmond was pronounced dead at the hospital 18 minutes later, authorities said. He lived in the 5200 block of West Harrison. Police did not know when or where the shooting occurred.

About 1:30 p.m. Sunday, someone used a high-powered assault rifle to kill 22-year-old Salvador Suarez outside a Catholic church in the Back of the Yards neighborhood during Sunday Mass, authorities said. He was walking eastbound on 46th Street outside Holy Cross Church near Hermitage Avenue when a light-colored Saturn drove by and someone inside opened fire. Suarez, who lived in the 4500 block of South Hermitage, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:05 p.m., police and the medical examiner’s office said.

Saturday night in Auburn Gresham, a 30-year-old man was in a vehicle going south in the 7600 block of South Eggleston when another vehicle pulled alongside and someone inside it opened fire about 8:20 p.m., police said. Carlton Hall was shot repeatedly in the torso and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 8:38 p.m. He lived in the 7000 block of South Wolcott.

A 23-year-old man died after he was shot Saturday evening in the Park Manor neighborhood on the South Side. Just after 6 p.m., someone in the 7300 block of South Champlain heard gunfire and came out to find a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the chest inside a vehicle, police said. The victim had been talking to another male, who pulled out a gun and shot him. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 7 p.m., authorities said. His name had not yet been released as of Monday morning. Police said the man was a documented gang member and the shooting might be gang-related.

An apparent murder-suicide left a 73-year-old man and 65-year-old woman dead Saturday morning in Hyde Park. Officers called for a well-being check about 9:45 a.m. at a home in the 1400 block of East 54th Street found them dead at the scene with gunshot wounds to the head, with the man’s wound self-inflicted, according to police. Their names have not been released.

About 5:30 a.m., officers responding to a call of shots fired found 23-year-old Eric Smith dead with multiple gunshot wounds in the 4800 block of West Monroe, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Smith lived nearby in the 4800 block of West Adams, authorities said.

Two hours earlier, a shooting outside a University Village party left a 24-year-old man dead and two security guards wounded. Gunfire erupted about 3:40 a.m. when the guards pulled up to the party at a housing complex in the 1300 block of West Hastings, police said. A 24-year-old man whose name has not been released was shot in the  back and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Both guards — a 29-year-old man shot in the thighs and arm and a 30-year-old man shot in the hand — were taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions stabilized, police said.

About 1:30 a.m. in West Garfield Park, someone shot 18-year-old Latrell McMahon in the abdomen and a 19-year-old man in the leg in the first block of South Springfield, authorities said. McMahon, who lived in the 1800 block of South Fairfield, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:56 a.m. The older man was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Late Friday in North Lawndale, 22-year-old Charles Wiley was shot in the neck about 10:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of South Kirkland, authorities said. Wiley, who lived in the 4200 block of West Cullerton, was taken to Mount Sinai, where he died at 11:04 p.m.

A 16-year-old boy was the victim of the weekend’s first fatal shooting, which happened just after 9 p.m. Friday in West Englewood. Melvin Cook was riding in a vehicle in the alley of the 6500 block of South Hamilton when two gunmen walked up and fired into the car, striking Cook in the head, authorities said. He lived in the 5700 block of South Calumet.

A 3-year-old boy was critically wounded in a Sunday evening shooting in Woodlawn on the South Side. He was in a vehicle in the 6100 block of South Kimbark when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, striking the boy in the right shoulder, police said. The driver took him to the University of Chicago Medical Center and he was transferred in critical condition to Comer Children’s Hospital.

At least 39 more people were shot across Chicago between 5:15 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.

Additionally, a Chicago Police officer shot and seriously wounded a man brandishing a gun at the Puerto Rican Festival in the Humboldt Park neighborhood Sunday night on the West Side.