Police: 58 shot, 8 fatally, in Thanksgiving weekend violence

Six people were shot at a house party int he South Chicago neighborhood Saturday. (NVP Video)

At least 58 people have been shot, 8 fatally, in attacks across the city over Thanksgiving weekend, according to Chicago police.

Last year, 8 people were killed and 20 were wounded in shootings during the same holiday weekend.

The weekend's latest homicide happened at 2:03 p.m. Sunday in the Gresham neighborhood. An 18-year-old man was sitting in a parked vehicle in the 8800 block of South Marshfield when someone fired shots from a dark colored SUV, police said. The SUV then drove away northbound on Marshfield. The man suffered several shots to the chest and took himself to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.

About 10 minutes earlier, a 37-year-old man was shot dead in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said. Rickey J. King was with a group in the 3800 block of West Adams when someone across the street opened fire before running southbound. The man was shot in the head and pronounced at the scene, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.

At 2:38 a.m. Sunday in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side. Two men were seated in a parked vehicle in the 3400 block of West Harrison when a silver car stopped in front of them and two males wearing hooded sweatshirts exited the car and opened fire, police said. Erik Peoples, 30, suffered gunshot wounds to the head and body and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The other man, 31, was shot in the right arm and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

A 56-year-old man was gunned down at 3:38 p.m. Saturday in the South Side Woodlawn neighborhood, authorities said. Witnesses told police they saw two men get into a fight and then heard a gunshot in the 6600 block of South Kenwood. The man was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene at 3:47 p.m., according to police and the medical examiner's office. His name has not been released.

About 2:15 a.m. Saturday two gunmen opened fire outside a house party in the South Chicago neighborhood's 8800 block of South Exchange, authorities said. A 20-year-old man shot in the chest was pronounced dead at the scene. The medical examiner's office has not released his name. Another 20-year-old man shot in the groin was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, along with a 21-year-old man who was stabilized with an arm wound, police said. Additionally, a 25-year-old woman was taken to Stroger Hospital with a graze wound to the head, a 22-year-old man shot in the hand went to Trinity Hospital and a 23-year-old man shot in the arm went to the University of Chicago Medical Center. Their conditions were all stabilized, police said.

Friday evening, a 16-year-old boy was slain in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side. Diego Alvarado heard gunfire and realized he'd been shot in the back, groin and arm about 6:40 p.m. near his home in the 4800 block of South Throop, authorities said. He died at Stroger at 7:32 p.m.

Five hours earlier, two people robbed 24-year-old Thomas Smith and then shot him in the abdomen shortly before 2 p.m. in the 7300 block of South Lowe in the South Side Englewood neighborhood, authorities said. Smith, of the 9600 block of South Dobson, died at Stroger at 4:30 p.m.

Shortly before 12:30 a.m. Friday, officers on patrol near Harrison and Central Park Avenue in Homan Square heard gunfire and saw 37-year-old Cleotha Mitchell fatally shoot 35-year-old Jeffery Banks, authorities allege. The officers "engaged the offender" and shot him, according to police, who said Mitchell had shot a second person in the arm. That person's condition was stabilized at a hospital, while Mitchell and Banks were pronounced dead at the scene at 12:44 a.m.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the officers' use of force in that shooting, as well as that of a CPD sergeant who fatally shot 19-year-old Kajuan Raye in the back a night earlier. The sergeant said he saw Raye point a gun at him twice during a West Englewood foot chase. As of Friday night, investigators had not found the weapon the sergeant claimed he saw. Raye's family was planning to file a federal lawsuit.

The weekend's latest nonfatal shooting happened at 5:10 p.m. Sunday in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. A 50-year-old man was walking with a 21-year-old man in the 1800 block of West 78th Street, police said. Two other people walked up to them and fired shots striking the older man in the abdomen. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized.

At least 43 more people were wounded in other attacks between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 4:45 p.m. Sunday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2016.)
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