5 dead, 20 wounded in Thanksgiving weekend shootings across Chicago

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Five men were killed and at least 20 other people have been wounded in shootings across Chicago during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which began Wednesday night.

The latest killing happened shortly before 8 p.m. Friday in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood on the South Side. Officers responded to a call of shots fired and found 22-year-old Hakeem Murray lying on the ground in the 6400 block of South Calumet, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Murray had been shot multiple times and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:53 p.m. He lived in the Englewood neighborhood.

About 5:05 p.m., 23-year-old Daniel Nash was killed in a Lawndale neighborhood shooting on the Southwest Side. He was in the 1500 block of South Ridgeway when a person walked up, fired shots and ran away, authorities said. Nash, who lived in downstate Fairview Heights, was struck in the head and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes later.

Another man was killed at 10:18 a.m. Friday in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side. The 22-year-old was a passenger in a vehicle in the 10000 block of South Avenue M when someone shot at him from another vehicle, authorities said. He suffered a gunshot wound to his body and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:09 a.m. His identity has not been released.

At 1:26 a.m. Friday, 27-year-old Daimmyon Hackman was shot to death during a robbery in the South Side Chatham neighborhood. He was sitting in a vehicle in the 7500 block of South St. Lawrence when someone walked up, pulled out a handgun and announced a robbery, authorities said. Hackman, of downstate Bloomington, refused to comply and the robber shot him in his left armpit. He was pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 2:28 a.m.

At 1:35 a.m. Thursday, another man was gunned down in a separate Chatham neighborhood attack. James Jones, 38, was driving south through an alley with a female passenger in the 400 block of East 77th Street when they saw three males, authorities said. He drove up to the trio and the two groups exchanged words before one of the males pulled out a gun and shot him in the head. Jones, who lived in the neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The female was able to get out of the vehicle and run away unharmed after the shooting, police said. She was not cooperating with investigators.

The most recent nonfatal shooting wounded a 58-year-old man shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side. The man suffered gunshot wounds to the abdomen and arm following a fight with someone in the 6100 block of South Rockwell, police said. He was taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center.

At least 19 other people have been wounded in citywide shootings throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, including a man shot early Thursday on the Eisenhower Expressway.

Last year’s Thanksgiving weekend saw 68 people shot across the city, eight of them fatally.