17-year-old Titus Jackson found with multiple gunshot wounds in Marquette Park

Seventeen-year-old Titus Jackson was found shot to death Friday evening in the Marquette Park neighborhood in the Southwest Side.

Jackson was discovered unresponsive at 6:23 p.m. in the 7100 block of South Washtenaw with gunshot wounds to the chest, leg and buttocks, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:36 p.m., authorities said. Jackson lived in the Lawndale neighborhood.

Area Central detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Man charged with killing 53-year-old Kenneth Allen, an innocent bystander, during 2016 fight in Austin

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After Eddie Brown was body-slammed by his rival during an fight in Austin last year, he got in his car and drove away. But Brown allegedly returned with a gun and opened fire, killing bystander Kenneth Allen.

Eddie Brown | Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Eddie Brown | Cook County Sheriff’s Dept.

It happened the night of April 21, 2016, in the 1600 block of North Luna, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Sheila York said in court Friday.

When Brown came back to the scene, he first pointed the gun at the man who had hit him. But Brown didn’t shoot at him. Instead, he fired down the street of the residential neighborhood, striking the 53-year-old Allen, York said.

A person who was walking with Allen laid him down in the grass and ran across the street to a home to call 911, York said.
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Donovan Swint dies a month after being shot while riding in a vehicle in Calumet Heights


About a month ago, Donovan Swint was riding in a vehicle in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the South Side when he was shot. On Thursday, he died from his injuries.

About 10 p.m. on Feb. 22, the 25-year-old Swint was a passenger in a vehicle traveling in the 9100 block of South Oglesby. He heard shots and realized he’d been struck in the back, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was taken to Trinity Hospital and later transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 3:47 p.m. Thursday, authorities said. An autopsy Friday ruled his death a homicide.

No one was in custody for the shooting.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Jury finds man guilty of killing Samantha Welch and Celia Cruz Reyes, setting house on fire to cover crime

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Adam Ruiz | Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Adam Ruiz | Cook County Sheriff’s Dept.

A man who called police in Denver in 2015 to confess to killing his half-sister, Samantha Welch, and her friend, Celia Cruz Reyes, on the Northwest Side in 2014, has been convicted of murder.

Adam Ruiz, 23, was found guilty of two counts of murder on Wednesday by a Cook County jury, following a trial that started March 10, according to Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

On July 16, 2015, Ruiz called police in Denver and confessed to strangling the 22-year-old Reyes and 18-year-old Welch, the latter of whom was his half-sister, authorities said at the time. The women, who were best friends, were killed in October 2014 in a Kelvyn Park neighborhood home, which was then set on fire.

Ruiz, a former Chicago resident who had been living in Colorado, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, and one count of aggravated arson while knowing someone was present, Chicago Police said at the time of his arrest. Detectives went to Denver and interviewed him before arresting and bringing him back to Chicago, a law enforcement source said at the time.
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Charles Luckett killed, woman wounded when gunman opens fire in East Garfield Park motorcycle club

Charles Luckett was killed and a woman wounded in a shooting in an East Garfield Park motorcycle club early Friday on the West Side.

About 2:30 a.m., the 32-year-old Luckett and a 42-year-old women were inside the Midnight Riders Clubhouse at 3808 W. Chicago Ave. when someone opened fire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Luckett was struck in the chest, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where the East Garfield Park resident was pronounced dead, police and the medical examiner’s office said. The woman, who was struck in the ankle, was listed in good condition at Mount Sinai.

No one was in custody for the shooting.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

WEEK IN REVIEW: 15 die from violence, including 2 in mass pair of shooting incidents, man forced to ingest bleach

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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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Just questions delay in charging of suspect for 2014 fatal shooting shooting of Ronald Holliman in Austin

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Reginald Jackson | Chicago Police

Reginald Jackson | Chicago Police

Just days after Reginald Jackson opened fire at four men sitting on a stoop in the Austin neighborhood in 2014, killing Ronald Holliman and wounding three others, one of the victims identified him on Facebook, Cook County prosecutors said.

And then in 2016, another victim identified Jackson as one of the three gunman who wounded him and his friends on June 4, 2014, prosecutors said.

But the 27-year-old wasn’t arrested until this month, prompting Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesil on Wednesday to ask why it took so long to charge him.

Assistant State’s Attorney Guy Lisuzzo said the investigation was ongoing, and more witnesses were interviewed as the case progressed.

Still, Kuriakos-Ciesil was perplexed why it took 2 1/2 years, even though Jackson was allegedly identified, and was stopped in a vehicle four days after the shooting with two of the three handguns prosecutors say were likely used in the crime.

Jackson’s attorney called the identification of her client “suspect,” and said he was buying gas and walking to the vehicle when the weapons were recovered.
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Man found shot to death on Gresham sidewalk identified as 22-year-old Emanuel Ruff

A man who was shot to death last week in the South Side Gresham neighborhood has been identified as 22-year-old Emanuel Ruff.

Officers responding to reports of a man down found Ruff lying unresponsive on the sidewalk at 3:11 a.m. March 7 in the 1100 block of West 76th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Ruff, of the Washington Heights neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. His death was ruled a homicide.

About two hours earlier, a woman was killed and a man critically wounded in another shooting just two blocks away in the 1300 block of West 76th.

It was not known if the shootings were related, and no one was in custody for either incident.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

62-year-old Robert Crenshaw dies 12 days after suffering severe head injuries during fight in University Village

Sixty-two-year-old Robert Crenshaw, who suffered severe injuries when he was beaten during a fight last month in the the Near West Side University Village neighborhood, died of those injuries Sunday.

About 1:45 p.m. Feb. 28, officers found Crenshaw unresponsive on the ground in the 1500 block of West Hastings, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Crenshaw had been socializing with a group of men when he got into an argument with one of them, police said. He was punched in the face, fell back, and hit his head on the sidewalk. The man who punched him then ran away.

Crenshaw suffered swelling and a deep cut to his head, and was taken to Stroger Hospital. Twelve days later, he died there at 11:20 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. He lived about two blocks away in the same neighborhood where the fight happened.

An autopsy Tuesday found Crenshaw died of complications of blunt force head trauma suffered during an assault, and ruled his death a homicide.

No one was in custody as Area Central detectives investigate.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Vogels Anderson Jr., Ryan Hamilton and Devontae Watson found shot to death in car in Auburn Gresham.

When police investigated an illegally parked car Monday morning in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood, they made a grisly discovery — the bodies of Vogels T. Anderson Jr., Ryan Hamilton and Devontae Watson.

The bodies were found at 7:35 a.m. in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo parked in front of a garage in an alley in the 8600 block of South Throop, according to Chicago Police. One body was found in the front seat, one in the back seat, and one in the truck.

A neighbor had called police to report the car, but no reports of gunshots were made.

Anderson, 20, known to friends as “Stormy,” had been shot in the head, Ryan Hamilton, also 20, had been shot in the neck. Watson, 18, who was known as “Tay,” had been shot multiple times, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. It was unclear exactly when the shootings took place.

Anderson and Watson lived in the Southwest Side Ashburn neighborhood, while Hamilton lived in south suburban Blue Island, the medical examiner’s office said. Autopsies on Tuesday ruled their deaths homicides.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral arrangements for Hamilton.

The post, set up by a cousin, said of Hamilton: “If you knew Ryan you knew he was a big teddy bear loving and funny Ryan loves to take photos he loves fashion he loved his car he was a great person he just wanted to figure out his purpose in life and take care of his mother he was more of a homebody he wasn’t into gangs or the streets …”

Area South detectives are investigating, but no one was in custody as of Wednesday morning.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire