Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Chicago Police: 6 colored boys shot in 15-minute span, teen killed
Six people were shot -- one fatally -- in a 15-minute span in two separate shootings on the South and Southwest sides, police said.
Four of the people were wounded at Merrill Park in the 2100 block of East 96th Street in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood, police said, citing early reports.
The victims were standing in the park at about 10:18 p.m., when shots suddenly rang out. A 17-year-old boy who was wounded in the neck was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead, police said. His identity wasn't immediately released.
A 34-year-old woman struck in the abdomen, was taken to John H. Stroger Hospital in "stable" condition. Two other victims, a man, 21, and a woman, 30, were each hospitalized with gunshot wounds to the leg.
The teen's death was the first recorded homicide this year in the small Southeast Side neighborhood.
About 15 minutes prior, a 13-year-old boy and a 18-year-old man were each wounded as they stood in the 7200 block of South Artesian Avenue, police said.
The boy was taken to Christ Medical Center in good condition with a gunshot wound to the left thigh. The boy later told police he simply heard gunshots and felt pain.
An acquaintance drove the older victim to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was being treated for gunshots to the back and his right foot.
About five of the 14 people killed in the Southwest Side community this year were 18 or younger, according to a Tribune homicide analysis.
No arrests had been made in either shooting.