73 shot, 11 fatally, since Friday night in Chicago

At least 73 people were hit by gunfire in Chicago this weekend. At least 11 of them died, including a 17-year-old boy.

People were shot in all but four of the city’s 22 police districts. More than half the victims were attacked in the Austin and Harrison police districts on the West Side and the Gresham and Englewood districts on the South Side.

Those districts cover some of the deadliest neighborhoods in Chicago, according to Sun-Times data: Austin, Englewood, East Garfield Park, Auburn-Gresham, West Garfield Park and Humboldt Park.

The city has recorded at least 426 homicides this year, down 1% from 432 homicides last year at this time but up 48 percent from 289 two years ago.

In the weekend attacks, the 17-year-old and a 15-year-old boy were in the backyard of a home in the 6800 block of South Peoria Street in Englewood when someone opened fire about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The 17-year-old was shot in the chest and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. He hasn’t been identified.

The 15-year-old was hit in the stomach and taken to the hospital in serious condition, police said.

Around the same time, a man was shot to death in a drive-by in Austin on the Northwest Side.


The man, 37, was standing on the sidewalk with a group of people in the 1700 block of North Moody Avenue when someone in a blue car fired at them, police said.

He was hit in the head and taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t identified him.

In Chatham, a man was shot and killed as he stood in front of a 24-hour convenience store on a busy street in Chatham on the South Side Saturday evening.

Someone walked up to Theodore Smith in the 500 block of East 79th Street  and shot him in the chest about 8:15 p.m., according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Smith, 44, was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Smith was an employee of the store and was smoking a cigarette when he was shot, a person at the scene told the Sun-Times.

In South Shore, a 19-year-old man was fatally shot Friday night. Janarrow Deberry was near the sidewalk in the 7000 block of South Merrill Avenuewhen someone opened fire, striking him multiple times, about 7:30 p.m., police and the medical examiner’s office said.

Deberry, of Plainfield, was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said.


Other shootings:

  • Five men were wounded in an attack early Sunday in Austin. They were gathered in the backyard of a home in the 4800 block of West Race Avenue when someone entered and opened fire, police said. The men — 23, 30, 36, 48 and 50 — suffered gunshot wounds to the lower body, police said. They were transported to Stroger and Mount Sinai hospitals, where they were all stabilized.
  • A 17-year-old boy and a man in his early 20s were shot Saturday in the Englewood neighborhood. The two were standing in the street in the 7100 block of South Ada Streetwhen someone in a black car fired shots, police said.
  • The teen was struck in the leg and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition, police said. The man, 21, was also shot in the leg and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in fair condition.
  • A man was shot early Saturday on the Eisenhower Expressway near the loop. The man, 26, was driving on the I-290 eastbound ramp to the Wacker Drive and Franklin Avenue split when someone in another vehicle fired shots, Illinois State Police said. He was taken to a area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A 26-year-old woman and four young children in the car were uninjured.

Sixty people were shot, 10 fatally, last weekend in Chicago.