More Than A Dozen Dead In Weekend Violence

CHICAGO (STNG) - Through early Monday, more than a dozen people in the city and suburbs have lost their lives in acts of violence -- shootings, stabbings, even a drowning. As of about 5 a.m. Monday, 15 people were dead and many more injured. Following is a rundown of the most serious incidents since Friday morning.

Friday:

-- A 26-year-old man was shot and killed while he and two friends were riding bicycles home after eating in the area of North and Western avenues about 3:22 a.m. Chris Himel, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest at 1513 N. Maplewood Ave.

-- The body of 27-year-old Luis Gonzalez was found in the street at 1907 N. Keystone Ave. about 11:20 a.m. Gonzalez, of 4115 N. St. Louis Ave., was found in a backyard, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy found that Gonzalez died of a gunshot wound to the back and his death was ruled a homicide.

-- Two men were shot, one critically injured, in separate gang-related shootings that occurred minutes apart and about a mile away from each other on the South Side Friday afternoon.

A gunshot victim was taken in serious condition to Mount Sinai Hospital from a shooting about 1 p.m. at 2525 W. 45th St., according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado.

At 1:14 p.m., a fire department ambulance was sent to West 42nd Street and South Albany Avenue for another gunshot victim, who was critically injured and also taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, Rosado said.

The men were both shot on the street in unrelated incidents that “appeared” gang-related, according to a Deering District police lieutenant.

-- Three people were stabbed in the Garfield Park neighborhood Friday night. The stabbing happened about 8:15 p.m. on the 2500 block of West Chicago Avenue, according to police News Affairs Officer David Banks. One person was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious condition, Banks said. Two other people stabbed suffered minor injuries.

-- Two men were wounded -- one fatally -- in a drive-by shooting in the West Pullman neighborhood Friday night. They were standing on the sidewalk on the 12000 block of South Wentworth Avenue when a red Oldsmobile Cutlass pulled up and someone started shooting. Leroy Fentress, 23, of 12033 S. Wentworth Ave., was killed in the shooting. The other man, a 24-year-old, was shot in the right ankle.

Saturday:
  
-- A 17-year-old Harvey man was killed and two other males, ages 15 and 18, were wounded in a shooting in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood early Saturday.

Dwayne Patterson, of 49 W. 151st St. Harvey, was on the street at 3200 West 16th Street about 12:25 a.m. when he and the others were shot. The 15-year-old was shot in the hand and the 18-year-old was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the back.

-- Officers heard shots fired on the 1600 block of South Homan Avenue about 4 a.m. Saturday and found an unidentified man in his 20s who had been shot multiple times. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

-- A man pulled from Lake Michigan Saturday morning was murdered, an autopsy has determined. Du Doan, 62, was pulled from the lake at Montrose about 6 a.m. Saturday. An autopsy found his death was caused by drowning, but according to the medical examiner’s office, Doan’s death was a homicide.

-- A 24-year-old man was killed while picking p food from a South Side takeout restaurant in what police say may have been a gang-related shooting on the South Side Saturday night.

Kenneth Morrison, of an unknown address, was picking up food at Tony’s Carryouts, at 101 E. 47th St., about 9:55 p.m., when a gunman entered the restaurant and shot him several times, police said. The shooting is believed to be gang-related. No one else in the restaurant was injured in the shooting.

-- A 29-year-old man was killed and a woman, whose age was unknown, was injured in a shooting at a party in a vacant lot on the South Side Saturday night.

The shooting happened about 11:15 p.m. on the 6000 block of South State Street. The victims were at a party in a vacant lot when shots were fired. Everyone began to run, but 29-year-old Terrance Anderson suffered multiple gunshot wounds, a head wound among them. The woman suffered a gunshot wound to one leg and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in an unknown condition.

-- A 26-year-old man was seriously wounded when he was shot multiple times in a robbery attempt on the 8100 block of South Kingston Avenue about 11:50 p.m. Saturday. The man was walking down the street when someone approached him and demanded his money. The man was then shot and the gunman fled the scene. The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial in serious condition, with multiple gunshot wounds.
  
-- Saturday’s violence wasn’t confined to the city. A 16-year-old boy, identified as Rick Ybarr, was found lying on the ground near an alley behind 1239 Otto Boulevard in Chicago Heights, late Saturday. The boy appeared to have suffered two gunshot wounds -- one to the front of his left thigh and one to the lower right abdomen -- and was pronounced dead just before 4 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday:

-- Early Sunday, two drive-by shootings happened blocks away and about a half-hour apart from each other on the Northwest Side.

The first shooting took place on the 2500 block of North Tripp Avenue about 2:30 a.m. A 22-year-old man was walking when two men drove by and fired at him, striking him in the left foot.

About 3:10 a.m., a 31-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to both legs when two gunman fired at him from a passing vehicle as he walked on the 2400 block of North Kostner Avenue.

-- A 27-year-old Chicago man was fatally stabbed in Calumet City early Sunday. Police responded to a disturbance call about 3 a.m. at 554 Muskegon Ave., and when they arrived they found two men who had stab wounds to their abdomens. Larry Kersee, of 344 E. 45th St., was pronounced dead at 6:29 a.m. The condition of the other man was not known.

-- A shooting at a traffic light on the South Side Sunday left a 22-year-old man dead and the female driver injured.

About 12:30 p.m. the two were stopped at a light at 5257 S. Rockwell St. when a van pulled up next to their vehicle, and after an exchange of words between the occupants of the two vehicles a man in the van, possibly in his 30s, opened fire.

Michael Payton, of 5356 S. Maplewood Ave., was pronounced at Mount Sinai Hospital at 1:18 a.m. The female driver was shot in the leg.

-- Two men were killed Sunday evening in a drive-by shooting on the South Side.

The shooting happened at South Cottage Grove Avenue and 78th Street about 4:43 p.m., police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

Mirabelli said two men were fatally shot, and another person was critically injured.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, the men were shot at 7746 S. Cottage Grove. Ave. They were identified as 32-year-old Antonio Bluitt, of 1140 Apple Ln. in Elgin and Gregory Neeley, Jr., 24, of 3210 W. Arthington Ave. in Chicago.

Mirabelli did not have a description of the vehicle the shots were fired from.

-- A father and son were found slain Sunday night inside their South Side home in what police say was a double-homicide.

Charles Williams Sr., of 10005 S. Perry Ave., 83 and his son, Charles Williams Jr., of the same address both suffered multiple stab wounds, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

-- A 14-year-old Hyde Park neighborhood boy was fatally shot while inside a car on the South Side Sunday night. The car’s driver, who was also shot, has reportedly been paralyzed from the waist down. No one was in custody for the slaying early Monday.

Xavier Washington, 14, of 6140 S. Kimbark Ave., was pronounced dead at 9:35 p.m. Sunday. The boy was shot at 5700 S. Wabash Ave., according to the medical examiner’s office.
The incident occurred about 9 p.m. as the two were traveling inside a car near South Wabash Avenue and 57th Street when someone outside the car shot him, according to a Wentworth Area detective.

After the two were shot, the car crashed, according to Wentworth District police. The driver, a male who is older than 14, was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was paralyzed from the waist down.

Monday:

-- Five people were wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting on the Northwest Side early Monday.

About 2 a.m., five males were shot on the 2100 block of North Kildare Avenue. The victims were taken to various hospitals, such as John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to police News Affairs Officer David Banks, but the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, he noted.

The shooting occurred at 2125 Kildare Ave., according to Grand Central District Sgt. Deja.