5 killed, 7 wounded Tuesday in rash of gun violence across Chicago

(Thomas Hawk/Flickr)

Five people were killed and seven others were wounded Tuesday in shootings across Chicago.

The five people gunned down were the latest of 13 shooting deaths in the city in the first nine days of 2018, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.

The violent night wrapped up with a spate of shootings that left seven people shot — three fatally — over the span of four and a half hours.

The latest slaying happened about 8:30 p.m. when a shooting took the life of a teenage boy and seriously wounded another in a drive-by attack in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The boys, ages 16 and 17, were walking in the 600 block of North Lamon when someone in a passing dark-colored vehicle fired shots, Chicago Police said.

The younger boy, Damarcus L. Wilson, suffered a gunshot wound to the back, police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Wilson was pronounced dead less than 20 minutes later. He lived in the neighborhood. The other boy was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the back

About half an hour earlier, another man was shot to death in Austin. Doterrius R. Gator, 26, was driving west in the 5100 block of West Adams when someone shot him in the head, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The first shooting in the evening’s string of violence happened about 5:15 p.m. when a man was shot to death in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Peter J. Puelo, 34, was arguing with someone in the 1900 block of North Albany when the other person fired shots, striking him in the head, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. The shooter drove off in a white vehicle. Puelo, who lived in the same neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:22 p.m.

Earlier in the afternoon, 17-year-old Deshawn D. James was killed about 1:40 p.m. in a shooting near W.E.B. DuBois Elementary School in the Riverdale neighborhood on the Far South Side, according to authorities. He was walking in the 13300 block of South Calumet when someone in a gray vehicle fired shots.

Officers responding to a call of a person shot found James suffering from a gunshot wound to his head, authorities said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he  was pronounced dead. He lived in the Riverdale neighborhood.

The first fatal shooting of the day happened overnight when a man was killed in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side. Isaiah D. Clark, 28, got into an argument with two other males at 3:52 a.m. in the 1500 block of West Garfield Boulevard when one or both of them fired shots, striking him in the chest, authorities said. Clark, who lived in the South Side Englewood neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man was also shot on Interstate 57 in the afternoon afternoon near the Far South Side. Troopers responded about 4:15 p.m. to reports of a vehicle being shot up in the southbound lanes of I-57 near 101st Street, according to Illinois State Police.

The 31-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to his left thigh after his vehicle came under fire from a dark blue or black passenger van that continued driving south on I-57, state police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center.

Six other people were wounded in shootings throughout the day across the city.