8 dead, 24 wounded in weekend shootings

Eight people have been killed, including a 9-year-old boy, and 24 others wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

Since the start of the year, 1,970 people have been shot in the city, 347 of them fatally, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Last weekend, two people were killed and 38 others were wounded in city gun violence.

The 9-year-old Gustavo Garcia was in an SUV with a 31-year-old at 11:13 p.m. Friday when they were shot in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner's office. They were traveling west in the 3500 block of East 97th Street when someone fired shots from a gray car that pulled up next to them. The boy was taken to Comer Children's Hospital, where he died, police said. The man was in critical condition at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Family members gathered inside and outside the children's hospital. A man who said he was Garcia's father took about 10 minutes to calm down before entering the hospital. He went back outside and fell to his knees when he learned of his son's death. A man in the group said the family didn't want to comment any further on the incident and declined to reveal the boy's identity.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 4:15 p.m. Saturday in the Far South Side Princeton Park neighborhood. A 58-year-old man was outside when a vehicle pulled up to him in the 1100 block of West 95th Street and someone inside fired shots, Chicago Police said. He was shot in his mouth and torso, and pronounced dead at the scene. No one was in custody as Area South detectives investigate.

Earlier Saturday, a man was killed during an attempted robbery in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. A 60-year-old man was walking on the sidewalk about 4:55 a.m. in the 3200 block of West Franklin when an armed male confronted him and demanded his money, police said. The suspect then shot the man in the left shoulder during an ensuing fight before running away east on Franklin. The victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Another man was found shot to death about 40 minutes earlier in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. Officers responded to a call of a person shot about 4:15 a.m. in the 4400 block of West Monroe and found a 20-year-old man lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the head, police said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Late Friday, another East Side drive-by shooting left a man dead and another wounded. The men, ages 49 and 54, were getting out of a vehicle at 10:43 p.m. in the 10600 block of South Green Bay Avenue when someone shot at them from a white SUV, police said.The younger man was shot in the back and died at 11:35 p.m. at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The older man was shot in the face and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition had stabilized.

The Cook County medical examiner's office did not release their identities Saturday.

About 20 minutes earlier, 25-year-old David Marin was shot to death in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Marin was standing on the sidewalk in the 4600 block of South Washtenaw when someone fired at him from a silver SUV, police and the medical examiner's office said. Marin, who lived in the Marquette Park neighborhood, was struck multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene.

About 6:05 p.m. Friday, one man was killed and two others were wounded in a shooting on the South Side. They were shot in the first block of West Pershing, near the former site of the Stateway Gardens public housing buildings, police said. All three men were taken to Stroger Hospital, where a 21-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his abdomen and shoulder died. A 19-year-old man was stabilized after being shot in his head and hand, and a 22-year-old man was in serious condition with a gunshot wound to his back. The medical examiner's office has not released the dead man's identity.

A few minutes earlier, a 20-year-old man was fatally shot in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. Cercy Robinson was shot in the chest in the 4500 block of West Jackson, police and the medical examiner's office said. He died at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The most recent nonfatal shooting wounded four men on Saturday night in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. The men were shot at 7:53 p.m. in the 12200 block of South Throop, police said. A 37-year-old was shot in his buttocks; a 27-year-old was shot in his right leg; another 37-year-old was struck in his left leg; and a 39-year-old man was struck in his upper arm. At least one man was taken to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island. All of their conditions had been stabilized.

At least 16 more people have been shot across the city between 6 p.m. Friday and 5 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

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

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