CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Two teenagers were killed and 24 others were wounded during a city night filled with gun violence.
The youngest victim, Richard Modell, 17, died from his wounds after being shot along with a friend as the two went to meet a girl in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side Saturday night.
Richard Modell, 17, may have been targeted due to a feud between two rival gangs, one of which police say he belonged to. He and the 18-year-old were on their way to meet a girl when someone walked up and opened fire in the 6300 block of South Rhodes Avenue just before 9:30 p.m., according to police.
Modell died after being taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in “extremely critical” condition with a gunshot wound to the chest. Modell lived about three blocks south of where he was killed, a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
The other teen, 18, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds; his condition was not available. Responding paramedics found both of them in the street.
Police said they don’t have any reason to think the older of the two affiliates with a gang and believe he may have been shot because he was with Modell.
About 4:30 a.m. Sunday, an 18-year-old man was fatally shot in the chest on the 5300 block of South Calumet Avenue, officials said. The shooting occurred in the Washington Park neighborhood. The man was pronounced dead at 5 a.m. at Stroger hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. No further information was immediately available.
Those two teenagers were the fourth and fifth persons killed since Friday night. The others were a 73-year-old man sitting on a stoop with a friend, a 34-year-old man getting ready to celebrate his brother’s birthday, and a 20-year-old woman in a “domestic” incident.
Saturday night’s shooting incidents started about 5:45 p.m. and the pace didn’t relent well into Sunday morning. The locations stretched from Rogers Park, blocks from the city’s border with north suburban Evanston, south to the 12400 block of South Lowe Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood.
Here’s a look at each of those incidents:
• About 7:04 a.m., a 24-year-old man was shot in the knee near the intersection of North and Central Park avenues in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak. He was taken to Norwegian-American Hospital; no condition was available.
• A 31-year-old man was shot at 5:30 a.m. at his home in the 0-100 block of West 112th Street in the Roseland neighborhood on the South Side, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center with a wound to his chest. It’s not clear what prompted the shooting. The man shot has a lengthy criminal history and affiliates with a local street gang, police said, though it’s unclear if that is what prompted the shooting.
• About 5 a.m., a male walked into Holy Cross Hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm, which he is expected to survive, police said. He told police someone shot him in the 6400 block of South Albany Avenue in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side but police weren’t able to find a crime scene there.
• A man was shot about 3:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of South Wolcott Avenue in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood on the South Side, News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. The man was 23 years old, according to relatives. No other details were available.
• A male was shot about 3:25 a.m. in the 2800 block of North Mason Avenue in the Belmont Central neighborhood on the Northwest Side, police said. Additional information was unavailable.
• Two men were hospitalized after someone shot at them about 2:30 a.m. on the 600 block of North Central Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side. One of them, a man in his 20s, was listed in critical condition at Stroger hospital after being shot in the abdomen and chest. The other man, also in his 20s, was in stable condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.
• At about 2:20 a.m., a male was shot in the left shoulder while inside a vehicle in the 4800 block of West Chicago Avenue in South Austin, police said. He was brought to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, where he was expected to be transferred to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
• At about 1:30 a.m., a 25-year-old man was approached by two males and shot on the 1100 block of North Monticello Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, Alfaro said, citing preliminary information. The two males then fled on foot. An acquaintance took the man to Stroger Hospital.
• At about 1 a.m. in the 1600 block of South Lawndale Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood on the South Side, a 20-year-old man was shot in the hand after someone approached him and started hitting him. The 20-year-old tried to run and heard a gunshot. He was shot in the hand, police said, and taken to Loretto Hospital.
• Two people in a van were shot about 12:30 a.m. today in Rogers Park and one of them returned fire, hitting their 21-year-old attacker, police said. The 21-year-old first approached the van on foot near Morse and Greenview avenues and opened fire, police said. Two men inside the van were struck, and one of them shot back, hitting the first shooter in the face and neck.
The 21-year old was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston where he was listed in serious condition and placed into police custody, Alfaro said.
The shooter inside the van, a 25-year-old man, was taken to Illinois Masonic with a gunshot wound to the groin; his condition has stabilized. He was also placed in police custody.
The other man hit in the van, who is 30, refused treatment after receiving a graze wound to the buttocks.
Police believe the shooting was gang-related, Alfaro said.
• At about 12:30 a.m., a 54-year-old woman was shot while in the 700 block of East 79th Street in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side while walking to a nearby store. Police do not believe she was the shooter’s intended target. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where her condition has stabilized, police said.
• A man was shot in the hip at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday in the West Pullman neighborhood on the far South Side, police said. The shooting took place on the 12400 block of South Lowe Avenue, News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said. The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, and his condition was not yet known.
Police said the man was approached by a man who asked him about his gang affiliation. The victim said he wasn’t in a gang, and the other man tried to challenge him into a fight. About that time, two other people walked up, the victim walked away and heard gunfire. He was hit in the hip.
• A 33-year-old man was shot in the inner part of his thigh in the 5500 block of West Corcoran Place in South Austin about 10:10 p.m. His condition had stabilized at Mount Sinai Hospital, Alfaro said.
• About 10 p.m, a 48-year-old man was shot in the hand on the 6600 block of South Wood Street in the Illinois Medical District neighborhood on the Near Southwest Side, Greer said. The victim was reported to be in good condition at Holy Cross Hospital.
• A male was shot in the abdomen about 9:40 p.m. on the 3500 block of North Lawndale Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood on the Northwest Side, Greer said. The male sustained a graze wound and was in good condition, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. He was treated and released, police said.
• At 8:35 p.m. a 20-year-old man was shot in the shoulder on the 9100 block of South Ashland Avenue in the Brainerd neighborhood on the South Side, fire officials said. The man was taken in good condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
• At 8:11 p.m., a 34-year-old man was injured after being shot on the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood, police said. The man sustained three gunshot wounds to his leg and his condition had stabilized, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, fire officials said.
• At about 7:55 p.m., a 26-year-old man was shot while walking home in the 5700 block of South Princeton Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said. The man sustained a gunshot wound to his back and was taken in serious condition to Stroger hospital.
• Just before 7 p.m. an 18-year-old man was sitting in a vehicle in the 10600 block of South Wabash Avenue in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side when someone came up and shot him, police said. The man sustained four gunshot wounds, three to his back and a fourth to his buttocks, O’Brien said. The man was dropped off by someone at Little Company of Mary Hospital and was transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was in critical condition, O’Brien said.
• The first shooting of the evening happened at about 5:46 p.m. on the 6100 block of South Ashland Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, said O’Brien. The victim was a 34-year-old man who sustained a gunshot wound to his abdomen, said O’Brien. The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition, police said.