Sunday, August 26, 2012
CHICAGO: 7 Dead, 24 Wounded in Weekend Shootings with one day yet to go....
The city saw another bloody weekend as seven people — including a teenager — were killed and 24 others were wounded in separate shootings since Friday evening.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Saturday defended the department’s anti-violence strategy, which he believes is taking root.
"We're not winning, we're not losing. We’re basically treading water," McCarthy said. He said that in the month of August, "we had some trouble because some of these retaliatory shootings are happening quicker than we can stop them."
The most recent fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the South Side Calumet Heights neighborhood.
Rashad Pratt, 28, was found at 2:58 a.m. with multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle near the intersection of East 91st Street and South East End Avenue, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Pratt, of the 9000 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, was dead at the scene, authorities said. No one is in custody in connection with the slaying as of early Sunday.
About 1:20 p.m., Christopher Spraggins, 20, and Aaron Gaithan, 18, were fatally shot in the 7900 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue, authorities said.
Spraggins, of the 300 block of East 76th Street, was dead on the scene in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, according to authorities.
Gaithan was shot in the leg and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead at 2:14 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. His home address was not known.
The same attack left a 17-year-old girl a gunshot wound to the back, authorities said, and paramedics took her to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in good condition.
About 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Stephin Wilkins, 23, was sitting in a vehicle with his girlfriend in the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard when two people walked up with a handgun and tried robbing him, police said.
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