CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – A man was killed and at least 16 others were shot across the city Saturday evening and this morning, continuing a streak of violence that has left dozens wounded in recent days.
In the fatal shooting, a 28-year-old man was found shot multiple times, including in the chest, inside an SUV parked near the corner of 91st Street and South East End Avenue in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the South Side at about 3 a.m., police said.
The man was identified as Rashad Pratt, 28, of the 9000 block of South Ridgeland Ave., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was declared dead on the scene after paramedics were unable to revive him, authorities said.
Additional details weren’t available as district officers and Area South detectives remained on the scene this morning.
At least five people have been shot in the city since 4 a.m., police said:
A 24-year-old man was shot about 4 a.m. in the 4900 block of West Ferdinand Street after attending a party in the area, police said. The man got into an argument without someone outside the party, and the other person took out a gun and shot him, police said. The man, who has gang affiliation, was not cooperating with investigators. His condition had been stabilized at John H. Stroger Hospital.
A 33-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 3600 block of West Diversey Avenue about 5:08 a.m. No details were available.
A 46-year-old woman was shot in the leg about 5:09 a.m. in the 8000 block of South Manistee Avenue, said Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak. Two men drove by in a vehicle and began shooting at her. She was being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
A 23-year-old man was in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital after being shot about 5:45 a.m. in the 1900 block of South Marshall Boulevard, police said.
A 28-year-old woman was shot in the 1100 block of North Pulaski Road about 6:13 a.m. She was being treated in good condition at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.
In other shootings Saturday night and this morning:
About 2 a.m., a man believed to be in his 30s suffered a non-serious graze wound to his back in the 2300 block of South Rockwell Street in the Little Village neighborhood, police said.
At about 12:15 a.m., a 37-year-old man suffered a non-serious gunshot wound in the 7800 block of South Paulina Street, authorities said, after originally saying he may have been shot on Marshfield Avenue nearby. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in good condition.
About 6 p.m. Saturday, a 22-year-old man was shot in the 2300 block of South Washtenaw Avenue while walking north from 24th Street, police said. The victim has a criminal history, police said.
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg about 8 p.m. in the 7900 block of South Prairie Avenue, and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital good condition.
A 15-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the leg in the 1600 block of North Keystone Avenue in the city’s Hermosa neighborhood just after 9 p.m. Saturday, police said. The teen was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in good condition, police said. The boy was riding his bike when a small car approached him, and a front-seat passenger shot him in the knee, police said.
A 16-year-old boy suffered a graze wound to the neck in the 6000 block of South Racine Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood at about 9:48 p.m., police said. The boy was taken to St. Bernard Hospital in good condition, said Officer Ronald Gaines, a police spokesman. The boy was in a park, arguing with another boy or man about a girl when the other person shot him, police said.
A 17-year-old boy was wounded in the forearm in the 10600 block of South Yates Boulevard at about 5:50 p.m., police said. The teen, who was being treated at an area hospital in good condition, told police he heard a gunshot and felt pain. An attacker came out of a gangway and shot him as he was walking home, police said.
A 41-year-old man was shot about 9 p.m. in the 2000 block of South Loomis Street, and his condition was stabilized at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. The man was approached on foot by his attacker, and after the shooting the man flagged down someone who drove him to the hospital, Kubiak said.
Two men, ages 20 and 23, were shot in the 8300 block of South Wood Street just after 7:30 p.m., police said. Both men were taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. The 23-year-old man, who was shot in the back, had his condition stabilized, while the younger man was listed in good condition with a gunshot wound to the hand, police said.
A 22-year-old man was in good condition after being shot while driving in the 2700 block of West 24th Street about 2 a.m. today, a.m., Kubiak said. The man was driving in the area when someone threw a bottle at his car, then someone started shooting at it, shattering the man’s rear and passenger-side windows, police said. The man was in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Authorities suspected most of the shootings of being gang-related, though investigators were still working to establish the motive. No arrests have been made in any of the shootings.
At an afternoon news conference announcing the arrests of a dozen reputed gang members, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said that closing open-air drug markets and busting the street gang members who run them was a critical part of stopping the violence.
McCarthy planned to discuss the results of a three-day drug crackdown on the South and West sides at a news conference scheduled for Sunday morning.