You'll recall that last Tuesday's unusually warm first day of February brought a notable jump in the mid-winter mid-week violence, and that day concluded with 6 dead and 9 wounded across the city.
Yesterday, the weather climbed again and so did the violent crime. Totals were 4 killed, including at least two teenagers, with another 9 shot and wounded. Those totals do not include the additional two elderly family members who died in a house fire in the early morning hours on Tuesday.
The day began around 2:30 a.m. in the 3600 block of N. Kedvale in the Old Irving Park neighborhood on the city's northwest side.
Officers responded to a house fire where they discovered an 88 year-old female and a 70 year-old male dead in the first floor apartment. The elderly pair were reportedly mother and son.
There are no further details available.
Minutes later and in the nearby Union Ridge neighborhood (part of the Norwood Park community area), a 21 year-old male was transported to Lutheran General in good condition with a gunshot wound to his hand.
There is no one in custody and Area Five detectives are investigating.
There were some quiet early morning hours but around 8:20 a.m., on the 3400 block of W. 26th Street in the Little Village neighborhood, a 29-year-old male was apparently walking down the street when a black jeep pulled up and an unknown offender from the back seat of the vehicle, fired multiple rounds in the victim’s direction. The man was suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his body, specifically, in the buttocks and toe.
The victim was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital in serious condition. No one is in custody at this time. Area Four Detectives are investigating.
Around 2:15 p.m. in the 12100 block of S Stewart Avenue of the West Pullman neighborhood, a male of unknown age was shot by someone in a dark-colored vehicle.
Police said the man sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was lying in the street when he was inadvertently struck by a responding CPD vehicle. The victim was pronounced on the scene.
No one is in custody and a weapon was recovered. The investigation remains ongoing.
The first homicide of the day occurred in the 3300 block of S. Prairie at approximately 3:15 p.m. in the Bronzeville/Douglas area.
Police said an unknown offender approached a 15-year-old boy on the sidewalk while he was walking home from school. They say the person pulled out a handgun and shot the boy twice in the head.
The teenager, who has been identified as 15-year-old Michael Brown, was initially transported to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition but he later died from his injuries.
Police had two persons of interest in custody for questioning last night, but Area Detectives continue to investigate and no charges have been announced as of this writing.
Not one hour later, around 4:06 p.m. in the 7300 block of S. Emerald in the Englewood neighborhood, a male victim of unknown age and a female victim of unknown age, were struck by gunfire.
Police said the male victim was struck to the leg and transported to University of Chicago Hospital in unknown condition.
The female victim was struck to the chest and was transported to University of Chicago Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
There are no offenders in custody in that incident. Area detectives are investigating.
Not two minutes later, around 4:08 p.m. in the 6200 block of S. Greenwood Avenue in Woodlawn, a 16-year-old was shot in the head by someone who fled into a residence on the same block.
The teenage victim was transported to the University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead from his injuries.
A person of interest was taken into custody and detectives are investigating.
Around 5:15 p.m. in the 10900 block of S. Wabash in Roseland, a 20-year-old male victim was inside of a residence when he sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the hand.
The victim was transported to Roseland Hospital in good condition.
Further South, around 6:16 p.m. in the 12300 block of S. Lafayette of the West Pullman neighborhood, a 29-year-old man was near the sidewalk when he was struck by bullets.
The victim sustained a graze wound to the hand and was also struck to the leg. The victim was transported to Christ Hospital where he was initially reported in good condition.
There are no offenders in custody, and area detectives are investigating.
Around 7:11 p.m. in 8300 block of S. Cottage Grove in Chatham, a 50-year-old man was walking towards his vehicle when he heard several shots fired and felt pain.
The victim fell to the ground after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds to his legs. The 50-year-old was able to enter his vehicle and self-transport to Trinity Hospital where he was listed in good condition.
There is no one in custody and Area Two detectives are investigating.
Later in the evening, Police said they responded to a person shot on the far north side in the 1500 block of W. Juneway Terrace in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Once there, police said they discovered a 19-year-old male who had sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.
Police said a neighbor told them he heard a loud disturbance coming from his neighbor’s residence. The neighbor went to check on the disturbance and found a female and the 19-year-old male holding a knife. The neighbor left the area and proceeded to go outside but he explained he was followed by the 19-year-old who was still holding the knife.
The neighbor said the 19-year-old continued to approach him and he drew his weapon and shot the 19-year-old male. the neighbor is reportedly a licensed concealed carry holder.
The 19-year-old was transported to St. Francis Hospital where he is listed in good condition. Area Three detectives continue to investigate the incident.
A half hour later, around 11:15 p.m. in the 10-100 block of N. Central in the South Austin neighborhood, two 19-year-old male victims were outside walking when they heard shots fired and felt pain.
One of the teenagers sustained a gunshot wound to the hip and the other sustained a gunshot wound to the thigh. Both were transported to West Suburban Hospital where they are listed in good condition.
One of the victims believed that the shooting came from an occupant inside an unidentified silver sedan but there is no one in custody. Area Four detectives are investigating.
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Notes & References
Chicago Journal. “Brief February Warm-up Brings a Notably Violent Tuesday.” Chicago Journal. Chicago Journal, February 2, 2022. https://www.chicagojournal.com/brief-february-warm-up-brings-a-notably-violent-tuesday/. ↩︎