By Peter Nickeas, Alexandra Chachkevitch, Quinn Ford,
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Man shot near Jackie Robinson Park on South Side, 2 shot on 79th Street
One man was killed and 13 other people were injured in shootings in Chicago since Wednesday afternoon, police said.
There was a shooting near Jackie Robinson Park and Mount Vernon Elementary School about 1:10 p.m., said police spokesman Thomas Sweeney.
The victim was shot multiple times in the 10500 block of South Aberdeen Street and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition, police said.
A squadrol, an SUV and a squad car sat outside the crime scene: concentric circles of crime scene tape, red and yellow, a blue city recycling bin, and more than a dozen paper and plastic evidence markers.
Police closed Aberdeen Street, adjacent to the school and park, with crime tape circling a tree and traffic sign on the outskirts of the park.
“Whoever did that doesn’t give no care about nobody,” 35-year-old Roderick Hunter said. “To let off that many shots. In broad daylight. Across from the school.”
Hunter was helping move his brother Roosevelt into a house on the block where the shooting happened. They arrived to Roosevelt’s new home to find the crime scene outside. “I’m tired of this (expletive). I have a daughter. This (expletive) has to stop.”
In addition to that shooting, two males were shot, one fatally, on the 2100 block of East 79th Street, Sweeney said.
The shooting happened at 2:19 p.m., said Sweeney, who was unable to immediately provide any other details.
One of the men was a 20-year-old who was shot in the leg, police said. The second man was fatally shot and pronounced on the scene, police said. Those at the scene said the second victim also was 20 years old and family identified him as Drequan Archie.
Two men approached, ski masks and gloves, and opened fire, according to two witnesses who fled the scene and returned later at the request of police. They shot the side of the car and hit Archie in the head and back, the witnesses said.
The man died behind the Tire Shop on 79th Street, on the north side of the street at Clyde Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood. The SUV was facing the end of the alley toward Clyde and Archie fell face down, the small of his back showing and his pants sagging a little bit.
Archie had attended Kishwaukee College near DeKalb, according to his sister.
The SUV had just been retrieved from a city auto pound, according to Archie’s sister. The orange sticker stuck to the driver’s side window looked like someone had tried to peel it away.
“I’m hearing gunshots and I’m like, who, ducking behind the counter because I don’t want no bullets to hit me through the window,” neighbor A.J. Lewis, 22, said. “I’m praying to God it’s not people I know. It’s not easy.”
Lewis lives nearby, works nights and grew up in the neighborhood.
“I got nieces that ride bikes out here, I got neighbors with younger kids. The next block over they’re shooting people,” he said, referring to the 7900 block of South Merrill sometimes called “Murda Merrill.”
“It’s just not at night anymore. It’s not about even getting in the house early nowadays because there’s no time limit anymore. They don’t care, they do it in broad daylight, morning, afternoon, night, they don’t care,” Lewis said.
No one is in custody, police said.
In the latest shooting, a 23-year-old man was shot repeatedly in the South Shore neighborhood, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines.
The man was shot in the 7600 block of South Oglesby Avenue about 2:05 a.m., police said. The man drove himself to South Shore Hospital and was later transported by paramedics to John H. Stroger Hospital in serious condition.
About two hours earlier, another man was shot just five blocks away, police said.
About 11:50 p.m., a 22-year-old man was walking with four other people northbound on the 7600 block of South Colfax Avenue when a black vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said.
The man was shot in the thigh, and the driver fled northbound. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where his condition stabilized, Gaines said.
Around 11 p.m., a 29-year-old man walked into Loretto Hospital after being shot in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, Gaines said.
The man told officials he was on a sidewalk in the 4700 block of West Van Buren Street when he heard gunshots and realized he was hit in the buttocks. He was taken by a family member to Loretto where his condition stabilized, Gaines said.
Less than an hour earlier, a 22-year-old man was wounded in a shooting around 10:20 p.m. in the Old Irving Park neighborhood, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro.
The man was in the front passenger seat of a jeep in the 4000 block of West Addison Street when a male walked up and opened fire.
The man was shot in the right thigh and was driven to the 17th District police station before being taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where his condition stabilized.
Around 10 p.m., a 57-year-old man was shot during a robbery in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side, Gaines said.
The man was on a sidewalk in the 5600 block of West Madison Street when he was approached by three people who announced a robbery. The man was shot in the buttocks during the incident and the offenders fled, Gaines said.
The man was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where his condition was stabilized. It’s unclear what, if anything, the robbers stole. Nobody is in custody as a result of the shooting, Gaines said.
Five minutes earlier, around 9:55 p.m., a 24-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were shot in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, Alfaro said.
The two were in a parked car in the 5100 block of South Ada Street when a male offender exited a dark-colored minivan and fired shots, Gaines said.
The man was shot in the arm and the woman was hit in the thigh, buttocks and pelvic area, Gaines said. Both were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The man’s condition stabilized, and the woman was listed in serious condition.
About 7:20 p.m., two men, ages 20 and 31, were shot in the first block of South Kostner Avenue, near Madison Street. The 20-year-old was stabilized at Mount Sinai, while the other man was shot in the back and being treated at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital.
About 4:45 p.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in the 200 block of South Karlov Avenue, Alfaro said. The man was in a minivan when someone in another vehicle pulled up nearby and opened fire, striking him the right cheek, Alfaro said. The man was stabilized at Mount Sinai Hospital.
About 4:30 p.m., a male victim suffered a graze wound to the face in a shooting in in the 8900 block of South Exchange Avenue, according to police. The victim was stabilized at Advocate Trinity Hospital, police said.
Tribune reporter Liam Ford contributed