By Deanese Williams-Harris, Tony Briscoe and Elyssa Cherney
Two men were killed within a few blocks of each other in the Austin neighborhood and at least nine other people were been wounded in Chicago shootings between Wednesday morning and early Thursday, police said.
About 6:45 p.m. Wednesday on the West Side, a 33-year-old man was fatally shot in the 1400 block of North Leclaire Avenue, near LaFollette Park, in the Austin neighborhood, according to police. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound the chest and was pronounced dead, police said. The man was walking when he was shot by someone on foot who then ran toward the 1300 block of North Laramie Avenue.
After the shooting, detectives huddled in front of a few shell casings noted by evidence markers, across the street from Lewis School of Excellence. As police searched the area by flashlight, students in the schoolyard talked softly and dribbled a basketball.
“Damn, my little homie died,” a man said.
Nearby, Kenny Weston, 43, a newlywed who moved to the neighborhood from west suburban Bellwood, had just wrapped up a landscaping job when he heard five gunshots.
“All I heard was pop-pop-pop-pop-pop,” he said. “I had just finished cutting the grass and the lady paid me and told me, ‘I’m going in. You better get out of here. When you hear gunshots, you don’t wanna stick around.’ “
Weston gazed at the cluster of evidence markers, including one inside the gate of a two-flat on Leclaire, a one-way street that leads to the nearby park.
“You get chased down here, you have to go straight to the park and it’s all open field from there,” Weston said. “You don’t have nothing to do but get shot unless you’re Usain Bolt.”
Just a half-hour earlier, a 43-year-old man was fatally shot in the 1000 block of North Long Avenue, just blocks from the Leclaire shooting, according to police. The man suffered a gunshot wound to the torso and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Officers responded to a 911 call about gunfire and found the man unresponsive in a gangway about 6:15 pm.
In another West Side neighborhood, a double shooting happened about 3:45 p.m. in the 1300 block of South Homan Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood. Two people were hit by gunfire in the attack. A 22-year-old man went in a private vehicle to Mount Sinai Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the hand, and a 19-year-old man suffered a wound to the forearm and was in good condition at Mount Sinai, police said. Police did not release information on the circumstances of the shooting.
In other shootings:
- On the West Side about 2:35 a.m. Thursday, a 25-year-old man was shot in the abdomen in the Lawndale neighborhood, police said. He was arguing with a man in the 4700 block of West Arthington Street who pulled a gun and shot the 25-year-old. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, police said.
- On the South Side just before 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, a 19-year-old man was shot multiple times in both legs in the Bronzeville neighborhood, authorities said. He was walking in the 5000 block of South Indiana Avenue when someone in an approaching black vehicle fired shots, police said. The teen was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
- On the West Side about 10:10 p.m., a 24-year-old man was shot in the knee in the Lawndale neighborhood, authorities said. The man was driving in the 3900 block of West Grenshaw Street when someone fired at his vehicle, hitting him and causing him to crash into two parked cars, police said. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.
- About 7 p.m. on the Far South Side, a 21-year-old man was shot in the abdomen in the first block of West 110th Place in the Roseland neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized. The man was standing on a corner when someone came up and shot him, police said.
- On the Southwest Side about 3:20 p.m., a teenage boy was shot in the 3100 block of West 38th Street in the Brighton Park neighborhood. The boy, 17, was standing in front of a home when a red SUV approached and someone inside fired shots. A bullet hit a wall of the home and ricocheted, hitting the boy in the neck, police said. The boy was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai.
- On the West Side shortly before 10:45 a.m., a 23-year-old man was shot in the 3000 block of West Roosevelt Road in the Lawndale neighborhood. Police said the victim was standing outside when he heard gunfire and took off running before he realized he was shot in the leg. He was taken to Mount Sinai, where his condition was stabilized, police said.
- About 9:25 a.m. on the Southwest Side, a 20-year-old man as shot in the leg in the Little Village neighborhood, police said. That shooting happened in the 4100 block of West 30th Street. The man was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. The man was being uncooperative with investigators, police said.
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