4 dead, 37 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

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Three people were shot and 36 wounded in gun violence from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. (WLS)

The gunning down of a 16-year-old boy Sunday evening was part of a deadly weekend in Chicago that saw five people killed and 37 wounded in gun violence across the city since Friday evening.

More than 200 people have been shot so far this month. And more than 1,500 have been shot this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data. Of those victims, 279 have died.

Despite the carnage, this weekend was far behind the pace of the same weekend last year. From June 17, 2016, to June 20, 2016, at least 56 people were shot, 13 of them fatally.

The 16-year-old boy was killed at 7:23 p.m. Sunday in a West Side Lawndale neighborhood drive-by shooting, according to Chicago Police. He was standing in the 1200 block of South Avers when a red four-door car drove up and someone inside fired shots.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died, police said. The Cook County medical examiner's office didn't immediately confirm the death.

A few hours earlier, road rage turned into a fatal shooting when a man was shot in the head in the South Side Chatham neighborhood. About 3:45 p.m., the 27-year-old was traveling in a vehicle in the 600 block of East 82nd Street when someone in another vehicle took out a gun and fired shots, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with a gunshot wound to the head, and he died at 4:23 p.m., police and the examiner's office said.

The shooter was taken into custody, and charges were pending Sunday afternoon, according to police.

Early Sunday, a 25-year-old woman was shot to death in the Streeterville neighborhood on the Near North Side. Raven Lemons was standing with an acquaintance at 2:40 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of East Ohio when someone fired shots, striking her in the head, police said. Lemons was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she died at 3:13 a.m., police and the medical examiner's office said.

About 6:25 p.m. Saturday, 32-year-old Dario Balderrama was gunned down in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side, police and the medical examiner's office said. He was shot multiple times in the body in the 4800 block of South Racine and pronounced dead at the scene. Balderrama lived in the same neighborhood as the shooting. Additional details were not provided.

A 25-year-old man was killed and two other men were wounded in the first fatal shooting of the weekend, which happened about 11:50 p.m. Friday in the South Side Englewood neighborhood. The men, ages 23, 25 and 29, were standing in front of a home in the 5900 block of South Union when three gunmen walked up and opened fire, police said. The 25-year-old man was shot repeatedly and died at the scene. His name has not been released. The youngest man was shot in the chest and taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, while the oldest man was shot in the right leg and taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

The weekend's latest nonfatal shooting happened at 11:36 a.m. Sunday when a man was critically wounded in the South Chicago neighborhood. The 34-year-old man was outside in the 8400 block of South Muskegon when someone approached from the gangway and fired shots, police said. He was shot in the right arm and abdomen and taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The shooting was the first in the city in almost six hours. At 4:48 a.m., two people were shot in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, capping a spate of gun violence early Sunday that saw eight people shot in less than three hours. That was after 13 people were shot within three hours Saturday evening.

The early Sunday shooting happened when a 17-year-old girl and 30-year-old man were in the back of a building in the 3500 block of West Huron, and someone shot the girl in the back of the head and the man in the upper right leg, police said. They were taken to Stroger Hospital, where they were both listed in critical condition.

About 2:05 a.m., four people were wounded in a Humboldt Park neighborhood shooting on the West Side. They were standing on the sidewalk in the 3300 block of West Crystal when two people fired shots from a nearby street corner, then ran away, police said. A 25-year-old man was shot in the right shoulder and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized. Two 26-year-old women and a 27-year-old man were taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where their conditions were stabilized. One of the women was shot in the right leg, and the other was shot in the left shoulder. The man was shot in the chest.

Minutes earlier, a 58-year-old man was shot in the Fernwood neighborhood on the Far South Side. He suffered gunshot wounds the left hand and both legs about 2 a.m. in the 10100 block of South Wentworth, police said. He told investigators he was driving to the hospital when he crashed his vehicle on the 111th Street ramp from the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway. The circumstances of the shooting were not known. The man was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized.

At least 27 more people were wounded in shootings across the city between 5 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. Sunday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2017.)

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