WEEK IN REVIEW: After three found shot to death in car on Monday, week ends with total of 7 homicides

CrimeScene-LCN-040213-1.jpgA week that started out with three people being found with fatal gunshot wounds in a car parked on the South Side ended with only three more fatal shootings. And the death of a man who had been shot several months earlier brought the week’s death toll from Chicago violence to seven.

The three men were found Monday morning in a car parked illegally in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. The bodies were found at 7:35 a.m. in an alley in the 8600 block of South Throop, according to Chicago Police. However, police said it was not known how long the bodies had been there.

Vogels T. Anderson Jr., 20, was shot in the head; Ryan Hamilton, 20, was shot in the neck; and Devontae Watson, 18, was shot multiple times, according to the Cook COunty medical examiner’s office.

Anderson and Watson lived in the Southwest Side Ashburn neighborhood, whiled Hamilton lived in south suburban Blue Island. Police said Hamilton had been reported missing the previous evening, and the bodies were found in his vehicle.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: 15 die from violence, including 2 in mass pair of shooting incidents, man forced to ingest bleach

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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Just one week after no fatal shootings were reported in Chicago for the first time in over four years, the city saw another outbreak of violence that left at least 15 people killed, including a pair of separate incidents in which two men died. Another man died after his girlfriends poured bleach into his face during a domestic argument.

Two men were killed and one wounded in an Edgewater neighborhood shooting early Sunday on the North Side. Quentin Payton, 28, and a 32-year-old man were standing outside at 12:34 a.m. on the sidewalk in the 6300 block of North Broadway when someone in a dark-colored SUV opened fire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Payton was shot in the head and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The older man suffered a gunshot wound to the left leg and was also taken to Saint Francis, where his condition was stabilized.

More than 30 minutes later, 22-year-old Chaz Johnson showed up at Community First Medical Center suffering from a gunshot wound to the left side of his torso, police said. He had been sitting in the back seat of a vehicle when he was shot and investigators eventually determined he was a third victim from the Edgewater incident. Johnson was later transferred in critical condition to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he died at 8:43 a.m., authorities said.

In the week’s other mass shooting, four men were struck early Friday at a Washington Park neighborhood gas station on the South Side, leaving two dead, according to police. Responding officers found the victims just before 2 a.m. in the foyer of the GoLo station in the 100 block of East 51st Street. Witnesses said a gray four-door Chevrolet pulled up and opened fire on the men before taking off north on Indiana Avenue.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least two dead from violence, though Chicago went all week without a fatal shooting

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

There was likely not a fatal shooting in Chicago last week, something that had not happened in Chicago in more than four years.
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It has been since at least 2012 since there was a week without a fatal shooting, according to Homicide Watch Chicago records which go back to the start of 2013. The longest stretch without a fatal shooting in that time was four days, which happened in December 2016.

But despite the lull in fatalities, the city is still ahead of 2016 as far as shootings go, though 2016 had recorded more homicides, 111, as compared to this year, which had seen 102 through Sunday.

Two people did die from violence in the city last week, but both were injured before the week started.

  • Chicago Police and state child welfare authorities are investigating the death of a 4-month-old Janylah Mack, who died Thursday from injuries suffered in utero when her father allegedly beat her pregnant mother and killed her 3-year-old brother last year. Janylah was pronounced dead at 10:09 a.m. Thursday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Friday found the baby, who lived in the West Side Humboldt Park neighborhood, died from complications of injuries her mother suffered in an assault while pregnant with her.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 16 more dead as Chicago tops 100 homicides, keeping pace with a bloody 2016

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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At least 16 people were killed in violence in Chicago last week as the city’s homicide total passed the 100 mark less than two months into the year. The week’s victim included an engaged couple and their unborn child, and a baby who had survived 5 months after her mother died in another shooting last fall.

The 100th and 101st reported homicides of the year happened early Saturday in the Woodlawn neighborhood as 2017 kept pace with the homicide total of 2016, which ended with nearly 800, the most in two decades.

Just before 1 a.m., two people in hooded sweatshirts opened fire into a crowd at a party in the 6500 block of South Drexel, hitting 20-year-old Lance A. Jefferson in the face and torso; and 37-year-old Samuel D. Head in the chest, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Jefferson, of the Washington Park neighborhood; and Head, who lived on the same block as the shooting, died at the scene, authorities said. Additionally, a 29-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to the thigh and was taken in good condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. No one was in custody for the shooting.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 19 dead in city’s most violent week, including girls 11 and 12; and 2-year-old boy

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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At least 19 people died from violence in one of the deadliest weeks of the year across Chicago. The victims included an 11-year-old girl caught in crossfire while playing near a South Side school; a 12-year-old girl shot while sitting in a relative’s van; and a 2-year-old boy killed when gang members fatally shot his uncle.

The 19 deaths, including the three young children, were the highest weekly total of the year so far in Chicago, matching the total from the week of Jan. 15-21. At least five homicides were reported in one day twice last week.

“One victim of one shooting is one too many, but when innocent children are caught in the crossfire of gun violence and young people have their childhood stolen by stray bullets, our consciences are shaken and our hearts are broken,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement Tuesday.

  • The 11-year-old girl died at Comer Children’s Hospital on Tuesday morning after being struck in the head by a stray bullet on Saturday night. Takiya Holmes was sitting in a van in the 6500 block of South King Drive when she was struck by what police believe was a stray bullet, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She died about 8 a.m Tuesday after being on life support since the shooting.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 10 more killed in Chicago, including 2-month-old baby and popular local rap singer

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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It was another violent week in Chicago, with at least 10 people killed last week, including three in the West Austin neighborhood alone.

The death toll included a 2-month-old girl whose death in the Humboldt Park neighborhood was ruled a homicide by child abuse; and a popular local rapper killed after getting into a fight on a CTA Green Line train near downtown.

Family members took the baby, Aliya Acosta, to a hospital on Jan. 17 after she became unresponsive in her home, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was later transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 2:04 a.m. Thursday.

An autopsy Friday found she died from multiple injuries caused by child abuse, and the death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

An Illinois Department of Children and Family Services spokeswoman said the agency is investigating allegations of abuse against the girl’s mother, father and other caregivers; while Area North detectives are conducting a death investigation.

The rapper was stabbed to death Wednesday afternoon near Metra tracks in the Fulton River District. Walter Long Jr., 24, got into a fight with someone who pulled out a sharp object about 3:20 p.m. in the 400 block of North Clinton, police and the medical examiner’s office said.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: Three teenage boys among 8 killed in Chicago as 2017 death toll rapidly approaches 60

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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Three teenage boys were among 8 people were killed last week as the death toll from homicides in Chicago neared 60 just five weeks into the new year.

The shooting last week brought the homicide total to 57, and it reached 60 with a fatal stabbing on Tuesday night, according to Chicago Sun-Times records. The numbers actually show a slight decrease since 2016, when the 60th homicide was recorded on Feb. 2, six days earlier.

One of the teens, 15-year-old honor student Willie Woodus was shot and killed Friday evening as he walked home from Fenger High School in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. Just after 5 p.m., the boy was walking in an alley in the 11400 block of South Stewart when a gray Pontiac drove by and someone inside opened fire, hitting him in the head, chest and abdomen, Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Woodus was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead an hour later, authorities said.

About eight hours later, another 15-year-old boy, Clavonte Eubanks, died after being shot early Saturday in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on the Far South Side. At 3:27 a.m., the teen was walking through a park in the 2100 block of East 97th Street when he heard gunshots and felt pain in his chest, police said. He ran to a home in the 2200 block of East 97th Street, where someone called an ambulance. Eubanks suffered a gunshot wound to the upper-right chest and was taken by emergency crews to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died less than an hour later. He lived in the same neighborhood where he was shot.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: 10 more killed as January 2017 shows no break in the rampant gun violence that marred 2016

By JORDAN OWEN and JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Another 10 people died from violence last week in Chicago as Chicago Police Department efforts to curtail violence—after a year in which homicides reached levels not seen in decades—seem to be falling short so far.
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One month into the new year, the numbers of shootings and homicides in the city are nearly identical to the first month of 2016.

As of Jan. 31, Chicago had recorded 53 homicides in 2017 — two more than in January 2016, according to a Chicago Sun-Times list compiled using Cook County medical examiner’s and other public records.

The number of shooting victims also remained nearly identical. A total of 292 people were shot last January in 242 incidents. So far this year, just over 300 people have been shot in about 240 incidents.

Both 2016 and 2017 showed a marked increase in violence from January 2015, when there were 29 homicides in Chicago.

Police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration are implementing several anti-violence initiatives this year, including hiring additional officers, funding economic-growth programs, and providing support and mentorship for young men in violent neighborhoods.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 19 more people killed in Chicago as new year shows no sign of violence ending

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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Two teenage boys were among at least 19 people who died last week as a result of violence in Chicago last week, as the epidemic of gunfire continued to take its toll.

While 2016 saw the most murders in Chicago in more than two decades, 2017 is starting off on an even bloodier pace. The death toll is already at 43 and more than 230 people have been shot in just over three weeks. Last year there were a total of 50 murders for the entire month.

Two of last week’s victims were boys, both killed by gunfire in the South Side Englewood neighborhood.

Diabolique Anderson, 16, died Friday, two days after officers found him about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday on a sidewalk in the 6800 block of South Green, according to CHicago POlice and Cook County medical examiner’s office. He had suffered gunshot wounds to the head and thigh. Witnesses saw four male suspects take off in a black SUV after the shooting. Anderson was pronounced dead at 2:28 p.m. Friday at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

One day earlier, 15-year-old Bruce Marshawn Owens was shot to death Thursday night. Shortly before 9 p.m., someone walked up to him in the 6900 block of South Stewart, shot him repeatedly in the chest and abdomen, and then took off in a dark-colored vehicle, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Owens was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he died at 11:39 p.m.

  • A 19-year-old man died Sunday, more than six months after he was shot while allegedly robbing a man in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. About 11:40 p.m. June 30, 2016, a 28-year-old man was in his vehicle in the 4000 block of North Laporte when he was approached by a man with a gun who tried to rob him, according to police.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 14 die from violence, including young mother left paralyzed by shooting 7 months earlier

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago

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At least 14 people died from violence in Chicago last week, including a young mother who died from injuries suffered in a shooting last summer near her West Side home that left her paralyzed for the last seven months of her life.

Precious Land, 27, was shot about 8 p.m. May 28 as she drove home in the 3900 block of West Lexington in the Lawndale neighborhood, Chicago Police said at the time.

Land, who lived a block from where she was shot, died at 9:24 p.m. Friday at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

On the night she was killed, the start of Memorial Day weekend, Land had just dropped off her four children at a friend’s home, family members said on Facebook. Just one block west of Land’s home, she suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and was initially taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

Land, a mother of four, was left in a coma and paralyzed, family and friends said on Facebook. She eventually came out of the coma and was taken home from the hospital, but remained paralyzed until she passed away.

  • The week’s final homicide was a man fatally shot Sunday morning in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. At 5:30 a.m., officers responding to a call of a person down found 26-year-old Timothy Wade unresponsive on the sidewalk in the 2600 block of West Van Buren, according to police. Wade, who lived on the same block, was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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