7 dead after night of gun violence in Chicago

Weis to patrol streets Friday night
April 16, 2010 (CHICAGO)

The shootings happened between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

All of the deceased victims were identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Among the dead is Kristle Jackson, 23, a woman described by her family as an innocent victim.

But Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis says most of those who were killed had documented gang ties and because of the code of silence, witnesses are not talking.

No suspects are in custody for any of the killings.

"She was joyful to everybody. And what they did to my daughter she didn't deserve it," said Brenda Jackson, victim's mother.

Dozens of Jackson's relatives gathered Friday night at the family's North Side apartment. Her cousin, Kimberly Jackson, says she was the last to speak to her.

"She told me she was going with her friend. And for her to tell me that, I didn't have to question it because she was always a smart girl," said Kimberly Jackson.

Her family says Jackson was shot around midnight at 59th and Wabash as she was leaving a restaurant. Two men were also shot but they survived.

Mayor Daley, a longtime advocate of gun control, was visibly upset when asked about the violence.

"Welcome to America. Americans kill each other. Every day. We kill each other. Not in Afghanistan. Not in Iraq. Good ol' America. We manufacture the guns and kill ourselves," said Daley.

"The people committing these acts of violence are members of the communities. They have family and friends who are fully aware of their activities," said Weis. "We are not Chi-raq. We are Chicago."

Police are asking witnesses to step forward. And residents are concerned.

"Kids that are 14, 15, they should be at home at a certain time. Parents are not involved in seeing what is going on. Innocent people are getting killed. So it's sad," said Elizabeth Mahlum.

As for Jackson's family, they want the gunman in custody.

"I just want the killer who done this to my sister," said Marceia Jackson, victim's sister.

Supt. Weis planned to be on the streets Friday night and will join Chicago officers in hot spots throughout the city. Next week, Weis said he will announce his 'summer crime initiatives,' a plan to deal with the violence as summer approaches.

7 killed, more than a dozen injured

Seven people died and 17 more were injured, all by gunfire, in a 12-hour rash of violence across the city Thursday night and Friday morning.

The shooting barrage started at 4:40 p.m. Thursday when Anthony Lopez, 22, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest at 1700 W. Cullerton St., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. He was pronounced dead at 5:31 p.m. at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

At 5:32 p.m. in the Southwest Side Marquette Park neighborhood, a person was shot in the 2500 block of West 66th Street while walking on the street. The victim, whose age and gender were not immediately available, was taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck, according to a police News Affairs.

On the South Side about 5:57 p.m., a man suffered multiple gunshot wounds as a group of people across the street fired at the group of people with whom he was standing. Bernard Hatcher, 30, of 7833 S. Eberhard Ave. was shot in the 7800 block of South Maryland Avenue and pronounced dead at 7:03 p.m. at Stroger Hospital, a medical examiner's spokesman said. A Friday autopsy revealed he died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

At 6:08 p.m. in the South Side Calumet Heights neighborhood, two people were shot while walking on the street the 2500 block of East 93rd Street, a police News Affairs report said. An offender approached, took out a handgun and fired in their direction. One person was shot in the leg while the other was shot in the right arm, the report said. Both were taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital in good condition.

Just two blocks from the earlier shooting on 66th, two people were shot at 6:27 p.m. in the 2700 block of West 66th, police said. One person was sitting in a vehicle when an offender walked up and shot him in the shoulder. Another victim was in a nearby garage when he heard shots and realized he had been shot. Both were taken to area hospitals in unspecified conditions, police said.

Back on the South Side, a victim was riding his bike in the 500 block of East 88th Street about 7:33 p.m. when he was shot in the left leg, according to a News Affairs report.

At 7:25 p.m., someone in a red pickup shot two teens -- 16- and 17-year-old boys -- who were playing basketball at Nat King Cole Park at 361 E. 85th St., according to police. The younger boy was in serious but "stable" condition with gunshot wounds to his right hip and calf, while the other teen suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and was in critical condition, police said.

At 8 p.m., a 28-year-old woman was shot with two uniformed police officers nearby responding to a call of a man with a gun at East 84th Street and South Colfax Avenue, police said. The officers were asking a crowd of people at 8349 S. Colfax Ave. if they had seen the gunman when they heard shots and saw multiple flashes from a gangway, police said. The woman, who was with the group of people, was taken in good condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

In another South Side shooting about 8 p.m., a 32-year-old woman was shot in the neck in the 4700 block of South Throop Avenue, according to News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety. The woman was transported in "stable" condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

At 10:25 p.m., Anthony Williams, 29, was shot at 7042 S. St. Lawrence Ave. and pronounced dead at 11:13 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the medical examiner's office. He was shot in the face two blocks from his home, police said. A Friday autopsy revealed he died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

Another fatal South Side shooting occurred less than an hour later, when a suspect in a passing vehicle shot and killed an 18-year-old about 11 p.m. in the 900 block of West 53rd Street, according to police. Deandre Morgan was pronounced dead at 11:44 p.m. at Stroger Hospital, and a Friday autopsy ruled his death a homicide from multiple gunshot wounds.

Minutes later, at 11:17 p.m., police responded to a person shot in the 870 block of South Ada Street. Ramone Cook, 19, was shot at 8732 S. Ada St. and pronounced dead at 12:03 a.m. at Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park. A Friday autopsy revealed he died of multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide, according to the medical examiner's office.

A woman died and two men were critically wounded in two separate shootings that occurred near Washington Park on the South Side about midnight, police said. The woman, 23-year-old Kristle Jackson, died after being shot at 35 E. 59th St. A Friday autopsy revealed she died of multiple gunshot wounds and ruled her death a homicide, according to the medical examiner's office.

The shooting also left a 32-year-old man in critical condition with gunshot wounds to both legs. A separate shooting nearby around the same time sent another man to the hospital, also in critical condition, with gunshot wounds to his legs and neck, police said.

On the West Side, a 21-year-old man was walking in the area of 2100 South Karlov Avenue about 1:30 a.m. when another man approached and shot him, according to a police News Affairs report He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition, the report said.

At 1:50 a.m. Friday, a suspect fired shots into a 36-year-old man sitting inside a parked car at 4840 W. Hirsch St. in the West Side Austin neighborhood, police said. The man was transported to an unidentified hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Another man, 20, was in good condition after suffering a gunshot wound to his right arm about 3:08 a.m. in the 5600 block of South Loomis Boulevard, according to a police News Affairs report. He was walking when a man in a passing vehicle fired shots, the report said.

In the most recent shooting, police responding about 3:10 a.m. to shots fired in the 1400 block of West 110th St. fired found a man "unresponsive" with gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen. Roger Walker, 30, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the medical examiner's office. A Friday autopsy showed he died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

No one was in custody for any of the shootings as of 3 p.m. Friday. Wentworth, Calumet, Harrison and Grand Central Area detectives are investigating.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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