Octavius Hudson shot to death during argument early Sunday in Lawndale

Octavius Hudson was fatally shot during an argument early Sunday in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood.

The 34-year-old Hudson was arguing with someone who pulled a gun and fired at him in the 4700 block of West Polk at 1:13 a.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Hudson suffered a gunshot wound to his chest, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the 300 block of North Lockwood.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Diamond Woods shot to death during argument in Austin, just 10 days after his 21st birthday

A young man who died Friday afternoon after being shot in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side has been identified as Diamond Woods, who passed away just 10 days after his 21st birthday.

Woods was outside when he got into an argument with someone about 4 p.m. in the 600 block of North Central, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Someone then started shooting, striking the victim several times.

Woods was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he was pronounced dead at 4:18 p.m., authorities said. An autopsy showed he died of multiple gunshot wounds. He lived in the 7400 block of South Phillips.

A GoFUndMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

Diamond had just made 21 years old” and was a “family man” who full of “joy and laughter” and whose smile would brighten up a room, the page said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Man shot to death in Little Village drive-by identified as 34-year-old Ramon Valdez

A man who was killed in a shooting Thursday night that left a second man wounded in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side has been identified as 34-year-old Ramon Valdez.

Valdez and a 36-year-old man were standing on the sidewalk at 9:23 p.m. in the 2700 block of South Homan when a black SUV approached and someone inside fired shots, Chicago Police said.

Valdez was shot in the chest and back, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:31 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 3300 block of West 64th Place in Chicago Lawn.

The older man was struck in the leg and was also taken to Mount Sinai, where he was listed in good condition.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Marlon Pollard of Evanston killed in drive-by shooting in Ukrainian Village

Marlon Pollard of north suburban Evanston man was shot to death early Monday in a drive-by in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

The 36-year-old Pollard was standing outside about 1:10 a.m. in the 2200 block of West Chicago Avenue, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Someone in a black SUV nearby opened fire, striking him in the abdomen, face and left leg, according to police.

Pollard was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died less than an hour later at 2:05 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the 1400 block of Darrow Avenue in Evanston.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by the family to help return Pollard for burial in his native Belize.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Allante Elmore fatally shot on his porch in drive-by attack in South Austin

Allante Elmore man was fatally shot Monday afternoon on his porch in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

About 11:30 a.m., the 24-year-old Elmore was on the porch of his home in the 4800 block of West Hubbard when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, striking him multiple times, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Elmore was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died an hour later at 12:30 p.m., authorities said.

No one was in custody for the shooting as of early Tuesday.

—Chicago Sun-Ties Wire

Christopher Johnson Jr. dies two days after being wounded in South Austin drive-by

Eighteen-year-old Christopher Johnson Jr. was was injured in a drive-by shooting Saturday afternoon in the South Austin, and died two days later.

A dark-colored car pulled up to Johnson about 5 p.m. in the 400 block of South Central Avenue, and someone inside shot him twice in the abdomen, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Johnson was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 1:35 p.m. Monday, authorities said. He lived in the 7300 block of South Michigan.

No one was in custody for the attack as of early Tuesday as Area North detectives investigate.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Juan Vasquez dies 11 days after being shot in the head while driving in Gage Park on New Year’s Eve

After being shot in the head on New Year’s Eve while in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, Juan A. Vasquez died of his injuries 11 days later.

Vasquez, 35, was driving in the 5600 block of South Albany about 3 a.m. Dec. 31, 2016, when at least one person opened fire and he was hit, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Vasquez managed to keep driving for about six more blocks before his vehicle stalled near his home in the 3100 block of West 53rd Street, authorities said.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 11. An autopsy Monday ruled his death a homicide.

No one was in custody for the killing as of Tuesday as Area Central detectives continued to investigate.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Left paralyzed after Memorial Day weekend shooting, young mother Precious Land dies 7 months later

A young mother who was shot just after dropping her children off over the Memorial Day weekend near their Lawndale home died Friday, after spending the last seven months paralyzed.

Precious Land | Facebook

Precious Land | Facebook


Precious Land, 27, was shot about 8 p.m. May 28 while she was driving in the 3900 block of West Lexington in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood, according to Chicago Police.

Land, of the 3800 block of West Lexington, was pronounced dead at 9:24 p.m. Friday at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Land had just dropped off her four children at a friend’s home when the shooting happened, 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 by the shooting, family and friends said on Facebook. She eventually came out of the coma and was taken home from the hospital, but she remained paralyzed until she passed away.
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Two men charged with fatal shooting of William Carter in summer of 2015 in Englewood

By MITCHELL ARMENTROUT
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Jarell Miller (left) and Miguel Wilson | Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Jarell Miller (left) and Miguel Wilson | Cook County Sheriff’s Dept.


Two men have been charged with gunning down William Carter and wounding two other men in an Austin neighborhood shooting that happened more than a year ago on the West Side.

Jarell Miller, 22; and Miguel Wilson, 26, each face charges of first-degree murder for the Aug. 24, 2015, killing of the 24-year-old Carter, according to Chicago Police, the Cook County medical examiner’s office and court records.

Carter was outside with two other men about 6 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Cicero when Miller and Wilson walked up and opened fire, authorities said.

Carter was shot in the upper body and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 6:53 p.m. the next day, authorities said. He lived in the 1100 block of North LeClaire.
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Tyrone Blake killed, woman injured when gunmen open fire inside home in Englewood

Tyrone Blake was killed and a woman critically wounded when several people entered a hone early Saturday in the Englewood neighborhood and started shooting, according to Chicago Police.

About 3:30 a.m., five or six people went into the house in the 6000 block of South Carpenter and opened fire, hitting both victims multiple times, police said.

Blake, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:48 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 6100 block of South Indiana.

The 26-year-old woman was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, police said.

No one was in custody as of Sunday morning.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire