Keep talking to him, the officer told the teen. Just keep talking, he repeated.

The teenager stood over his friend and pleaded with him to stay conscious, witnesses said.

“Please don’t die,” the teen begged.

Standing over his shoulder, the officer coached him. “Don’t stop talking,” he said.

Joseph, a barber who was working steps from where three people were shot Friday night on the South Side, had watched the scene unfold from his business. His mobile barber shop — chairs, mirrors and tools arranged in a bus — was parked in the 700 block of East 50th Street in the Bronzeville neighborhood when a barrage of gunfire rang out around 6:50 p.m.

The corner is one of the barber’s mainstays, and business was bustling Friday night. But the activity came to a sudden halt when the clients and staff ducked down amid the gunshots, said Joseph, who declined to give his last name.

“Everyone hit the ground,” he said.

When it was safe, the patrons and staff stood up and saw a man on the ground, not moving. The 21-year-old man was rushed to University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, Chicago police said. Two 17-year-old boys were shot in the ankles and were stabilized at the same hospital.

Less than a mile away in the same neighborhood, a male, whose age was unknown, was shot in the back of the head just before 8 p.m. by an accomplice while they were shooting at other people, police said.

The male was with two others in the 500 block of East 47th Street when they began firing. The male was accidentally shot by one of his companions, according to police. He was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center.

The four were among 12 people shot, 2 fatally, in Chicago Friday and early Saturday, including a woman killed while riding in a Lyft in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

The woman was sitting in the car around 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the 4500 block of South Paulina Street in the South Side when someone began firing, hitting her in the back. She was rushed to Stroger Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Angie Castro had received a frantic call from her boyfriend, who was driving the Lyft the woman was shot in. Castro was working all night, but had recently taken a break to eat at Castro’s before heading out again. Shortly after, he told her a woman was shot in his car.

“He was shocked, nervous,” she said.

Earlier, a male, whose age was unknown, was killed in a drive-by shooting in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said.

Someone fired at him from a passing dark vehicle, hitting him in the chest around 8:30 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of North Talman Avenue. He was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.

In other shootings:

  • A 28-year-old man was shot in the leg around 10:45 p.m. Friday in the 1300 block of West 110th Place in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said. He was outside when someone got out of a champagne-colored hatchback and fired shots. He was stabilized at Little Company of Mary Hospital.
  • Just before 8 p.m., a 34-year-old man was shot in the leg when the shooter approached him in a gangway in the 600 block of North Leamington Avenue in the West Side’s South Austin neighborhood, police said. He was stabilized at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park.
  • About 5:40 p.m., a 26-year-old man was shot in the hand and abdomen in the South Side’s Englewood neighborhood in the 5900 block of South Ada Street. The man drove himself to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. Police said the victim was expected to be transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital.
  • A 20-year-old woman was shot in the chest in the 3100 block of West Madison Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side about 5:10 p.m. She was walking down the street when an occupant of a passing vehicle fired shots, police said. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where her condition had stabilized.
  • Around 2:45 p.m. in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side, a 24-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the chest in the 11300 block of South Normal Avenue. He was stabilized at an area hospital.
  • A 46-year-old man was wounded around 12:15 p.m. after he was approached by two people who followed him into a South Austin neighborhood store where he was beaten with a handgun and shot, police said. He had entered the store in the 500 block of North Cicero Avenue when the assailants walked in, restrained him and struck him with a handgun before shooting him in the left side of the chest, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

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