A 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man have been killed and at least five people, including a 14-year-old girl, have been injured since Wednesday morning in shootings in Chicago, police said.

The 17-year-old boy was killed in the Ashburn neighborhood in the 3300 block of West 79th Street, near Christiana Avenue, just after 7:30 p.m., according to police. The boy was shot in the back and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The boy was walking with his brother when attackers who haven’t been identified came up to them and starting shooting at the two, hitting the teen, police said.

A 24-year-old man was fatally shot about 4:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of West Haddon Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, according to a police media notification. He was shot in the chest and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. Police did not release information about the circumstances of the shooting.

One man was shot just before 2:30 p.m., also in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. That shooting happened in the 4000 block of West Division Street, police said. Police previously said two people were shot but later determined the second victim suffered wounds from shattered glass and was not struck by a bullet.

A 35-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, hip and body, and he was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital. Police initially said a 23-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the head and that he was treated at the scene for his injury, police said. Police later clarified that he was cut by broken glass in his head and arms when gunfire came through his car window as he was driving nearby.

Witnesses told police a gunman approached on foot the older man, fired in the victims’ direction and ran away. When the gunman fired, he also struck a passing car and glass hit the younger victim. He suffered cuts to his head and arms, police said.

One injured man, who neighbors said appeared to have a graze wound, was shot through the back window of a white pickup truck that was outside a day care center where kids sat outside afterward.

A woman recorded video after the shooting that showed paramedics tending to the man who’d been shot in a parking lot of a gas station nearby. He did not appear responsive.

Police taped and closed to traffic all of Division Street from Harding to Pulaski, and neighbors poked their heads out windows to see what had happened.

“I heard the shots, the plah-plah-plah, and the glass broke; I thought someone had (shot) my window,” Aixa Herrera said. “My baby twins sleep in that room.”

Herrera, 50, said the babies are her eldest son’s children. He called after he heard about the shooting to make sure they were OK.

“Every other night, there’s shooting here,” Herrera said.

In other shootings:

  • A 23-year-old man wash shot in the head in the Fernwood neighborhood just before 9:20 p.m, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition from the 10200 block of South State Street. Police did not release the circumstances of the shooting.
  • A 20-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen in the 6500 block of South Ashland Avenue in the West Woodlawn neighborhood about 8:15 p.m., police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was in fair condition.
  • In the West Woodlawn neighborhood, a 23-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach about 5:35 p.m. in the 6200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, according to a police media notification. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition. Witnesses told police a dark-colored vehicle pulled up near the man on the street and someone inside fired a gun at him. 
  • Wednesday morning, a 14-year-old girl was shot in the West Pullman neighborhood. Shortly before 10:15 a.m., according to police, she was shot in the right leg in the 11500 block of South Normal Avenue. Police believe the girl was inside her residence when she was accidentally shot by an acquaintance. She declined to cooperate with authorities, police said. She was taken in good condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

No one was in custody in the attacks.

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