Three people were killed and at least seven others were wounded by gunfire over seven hours in Chicago Tuesday, according to Chicago police.
Lavell Jones, 19, was fatally shot in the 5100 block of West Chicago Avenue in the Austin neighborhood just before 9 p.m., police said. He was wounded in the back and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
He lived less than a mile away, in the 5300 block of West Crystal Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
A half-hour later, 50-year-old Johnny Shanklin was shot in the 3800 block of West Roosevelt Road in the Lawndale neighborhood, police said. He was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital. Shanklin lived in the 1200 block of South Independence Boulevard, according to the medical examiner’s office.
In the West Pullman neighborhood, 21-year-old Allavar Taylor was shot several times around 7:15 p.m. in the 12100 block of South Stewart Avenue where he lived, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead. Tayor was next to a parked car when another vehicle pulled up and someone fired shots at him.
In the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, two men were shot after 9 p.m. in the 6000 block of South Maplewood Avenue, police said. A 20-year-old man was shot in the chest and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, and an 18-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition also was stabilized.
Two ambulances carried the victims from near the mouth of an alley. A half-dozen police officers and a few spectators on the street and on the back porch of a bungalow stood around a small strip of crime scene tape in the alley.
Around the corner, more officers were positioned near another crime scene, where at least four evidence markers sat next to shell casings in the street. Witnesses told police a pair of gunmen opened fire at a group standing in the area, then ran away.
A pair of women and a child sped into the parking lot of Morrill Math & Science Elementary School, located on Maplewood in the same block as the shooting. The older woman walked up to an officer and asked about an 18-year-old man who she said was her son, but the officer told her he didn’t know.
Maryah Cole, 26, who lives on the block with her 5-year-old daughter, said she refuses to let her daughter play outdoors at the park nearby, which she said has been overtaken by gambling, drinking and occasional shooting.
In August, Cole said, her brother and cousin were wounded in a shooting on the block while the family, including her daughter, were gathered near their car. A truck slowed and someone fired shots killing her cousin, she said. Her brother survived.
“She hit the deck and looked at me, like, ‘Are you OK?’” Cole recalled about finding her daughter, then 4, lying on the ground. “It’s just the reality we live in.”
- About 5:15 p.m., three people were wounded in a shooting in the 1900 block of South St. Louis Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood, police said. All three of the male victims were in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. One boy, age 15, suffered a gunshot wound to his right hand, while another boy, age 17, suffered a gunshot wound to his left hand and a third boy, age 17, suffered a graze wound to his neck. The teens weren’t cooperating with police and would only tell investigators that they heard shots and felt pain from being shot, police said.
- In the Humboldt Park neighborhood, two men were shot about 2:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of North Avers Avenue and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. An 18-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the back and was in fair condition, while a 43-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the nose and was in good condition. Police didn’t release details about the shooting.
- A 23-year-old man critically wounded about 12:05 p.m. in the Roseland neighborhood, police said. He was shot in the 11000 block of South Vernon Avenue and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was treated for several gunshot wounds, police said. The man may have been wounded in a drive-by shooting involving a white vehicle, according to police.
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