Chicago police officer, CFD paramedic among those wounded
Sun-Times Media Wire
CHICAGO — At least eight people were killed, and a Chicago police officer and a paramedic were among 59 wounded in citywide shootings over the weekend.
The 30-year-old officer was on patrol late Friday when she heard the gunfire and rushed to the 1900 block of East 72nd Place, where she saw someone lying in the street, police said.
The officer, who has been with the department for two years, was getting out of her squad car to provie aid when more shots were fired, striking her in the legs, police Supt. David Brown said. She got back in her squad car, and another officer took her to University of Chicago Medical Center, Brown said. She’s since been treated and released.
She was the 12th Chicago police officer to be wounded by gunfire this year, according to Brown. Thirty-four other officers had been shot at during the same period.
The officer was responding to a call of shots fired that left an 18-year-old dead and 15-year-old wounded. About 11 p.m., a 25-year-old man and a woman were returning to their home in the block with a pizza when they were confronted on their back steps by the two teenagers, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said.
The older man exchanged gunfire with the two younger individuals, Deenihan said. The 18-year-old was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at University of Chicago, police said. His name has not been released.
The 15-year-old, shot in the legs, was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Investigators recovered two handguns from the scene and also recovered a rifle while executing a search warrant, Deenihan said.
Two suspects were being questioned Saturday night, according to Deenihan, who said each has a criminal record. He declined to give more details since they haven’t been charged with a crime.
A Chicago Fire Department paramedic was grazed at Stroger Hospital while working on a patient, and one person was killed and another wounded Saturday night in a shooting on the Near West Side.
The paramedic was working on a patient about 10:35 p.m. in the emergency room at Stroger when witnesses told police a suspect in an older green Buick opened fire, grazing the medical responder in the bill of their baseball cap, police said.
About 10 minutes earlier, two men, 28 and 31, were outside when they were shot by someone in a vehicle about 10:25 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Warren Boulevard, police said. The older man was shot in the chest and arm, and was taken to Stroger, where he died, police said. The younger man was shot in the right heel, and was also taken to Stroger, where he was in good condition, police said.
One person was killed and three others, including a 17-year-old, were wounded Monday morning in Humboldt Park on the Northwest Side. The group were standing about 1:40 a.m. in the 800 block of North Ridgeway Avenue when someone in a dark-colored sedan opened fire, police said. A 34-year-old man was shot in the chest, and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died, police said. His name hasn’t been released yet.
Two males, 17 and 24, were also taken to Stroger with a gunshot wound to the right leg, police said. Both were listed in good condition, authorities, said. A 39-year-old man was also shot in the right leg, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was in good condition, police said.
Melica De La Garza, 18, was fatally shot Saturday in West Elsdon on the South Side, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. About 8:30 p.m., she was sitting in a parked vehicle in the 5400 block of South Avers Avenue, when someone approached and fired shots, police said. She was struck in the torso, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
A man was killed and a suspect wounded in a shooting after an argument Monday morning in Gresham on the South Side, police said. The two men, 35 and 38, were arguing after a card game about 12:45 a.m. in a residence in the 700 block of West 77th Street when the older man shot at the younger man multiple times, police said. The 35-year-old was taken to the University of Chicago, where he was pronounced dead, police said. He hasn’t been identified yet. The 38-year-old was shot in the left arm, and was also taken to the University of Chicago, where he was in good condition and in custody, police said.
Earlier Saturday afternoon, a 31-year-old man was fatally shot in South Deering on the South Side. About 4:20 p.m., he was on the sidewalk in the 10200 block of South Yates Boulevard, when someone in a vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said. He was struck multiple times and taken to the University of Chicago, where he was pronounced dead, police said. He has not yet been identified.