CHICAGO - An unusually warm first day of February saw temperatures climb to nearly 40 degrees fahrenheit in the city and suburbs. One would think, that would have lifted spirits and had all residents able to enjoy the brief reprieve from the oppressive nature of "The Hawk."
The mid-weekday finished with 6 dead and 9 additional wounded.
It all started with a shooting in the Gold Coast neighborhood which, in retrospect, was probably a bad sign of things to come.
Shortly after 1:00 a.m. in the 100 block of E. Grand Avenue in the Gold Coast neighborhood, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, a 40-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk when he heard shots and felt pain.
The victim was taken to Northwestern Hospital by the Chicago Fire Department in good condition with gunshot wounds to the right arm. At the time of this publishing there remains no one in custody. Area Three detectives are investigating.
Following that, at approximately 4:00 a.m. in the 4700 block of N. Albany in the Albany Park neighborhood, an 18-year-old male victim was discovered with one gunshot wound to his left knee after a vehicle pursuit ended at the above location. The victim was transported to Swedish Hospital in stable condition while the circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation.
No one is in custody and Area Five Detectives are investigating, but Chicago Police did provide some additional background. One of the occupants from the vehicle was also placed into custody and this morning has weapons-related charges are pending.
Then, in the early morning just after 6:00 a.m. on the 900 block of E. 79th Street in Grand Crossing, there was a SWAT incident in which two people were killed and a third wounded.
The first victim in that incident was a 67-year-old female who was shot in the right arm and the left hand. The woman was transported to the University of Chicago Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The second victim in that incident was a 42-year-old man who sustained multiple gunshot wounds throughout his body. He, too, was transported to the University of Chicago where he was also pronounced dead. The third victim in the incident is a 55-year-old man who was also transported to the University of Chicago Hospital with a gunshot wound to the face but he was listed in stable condition.
At the time of this writing, no one is in custody and Area Two Detectives are investigating.
Shortly before 10:00 a.m. on the 5000 block of N. Harding in the Albany Park neighborhood, a 16-year-old female and a 16-year-old male were outside when they were approached by two unknown offenders who opened fire on them.
The female teenager sustained one gunshot wound to her right shoulder and was transported to St. Francis in stable condition. The male was not injured.
The two unknown offenders fled on foot in an unknown direction.
No one is in custody at this time. Area Five Detectives are investigating.
Shortly after noon, on the 5300 block of S. Marshfield in Back of the Yards, a 26-year-old male victim was outside when a grey sedan stopped and an unknown offender began to fire shots in his direction.
The 26-year-old victim sustained one gunshot wound to his stomach and one gunshot wound to his chest. He was transported to University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition.
No one is in custody and Area One Detectives are investigating.
In the 2000 block of W. 67th Street in the Englewood neighborhood, at almost the exact same time as the above incident, a 29-year-old male victim was outside when a white SUV drove by and an unknown offender began to fire shots.
The 29-year-old victim sustained multiple gunshots to the body and was pronounced on the scene.
No one is in custody, and Area One Detectives are investigating.
A short time later, at approximately 12:53 p.m., in the 7100 block of S. Wabash in the Park Manor neighborhood, which is part of the Greater Grand Crossing community area, a 43-year-old male victim was in a vehicle traveling southbound on Wabash when he sustained a gunshot wound to the right leg by an unknown offender.
The victim was transported to the University of Chicago Hospital in good condition.
About 20 minutes later, around 1:18 p.m., in the 13200 block of S. Riverdale in the Riverdale community area on the city's far south side, a 28-year-old male victim was on the street when he sustained a gunshot wound to the head by an unknown offender.
The victim was pronounced on scene. Area Two Detectives are investigating.
Then, at approximately 4:12 p.m., in the 200 block of E. 35th Street at the CHASE Bank on the border of the Douglas and Bronzeville neighborhoods, a 34-year-old male security guard became involved in a verbal altercation with an unknown male offender.
During the argument, the offender produced a firearm and fired shots at the 34-year-old security guard, striking him in the right leg. The security guard then produced his own firearm and fired shots at the offender.
During the exchange of gunfire, a 55-year-old female victim who was on the sidewalk, merely going about her early afternoon business, sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and was transported to the University of Chicago Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The male victim was transported to the University of Chicago Hospital in good condition. A weapon was recovered on the scene.
Area Detectives are investigating.
Around 5:46 p.m., in the 8200 block of S. Drexel Avenue in East Chatham, a male victim (unknown age) was discovered by officers to be unresponsive in a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the head.
The victim was initially transported to the University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition. Shortly after, he died from his injury and was pronounced.
Area Two Detectives are investigating.
Later, around 8:30 p.m., in a residence in the Lawndale neighborhood in the 1500 block of S. Central Park, a 37-year-old male victim was shot in the chest and abdomen by a known offender. The victim was transported to Mt Sinai hospital in critical condition.
While the police know the offender, they do not have them in custody at this time. Area 4 detectives are investigating.
Finally, around 9:14 p.m. and the bad weather began to increase again, a 19 year-old male was driving southbound on Lake Shore Drive around the 1400 block of S. Lake Shore Drive, when an occupant in a white sedan fired shots.
The 19-year-old victim was hit in the left side of his body, and transported to Northwestern Hospital by the Chicago Fire Department in fair condition.
There is no one in custody and Area Three detectives are investigating.
Separately, there was a fatal traffic crash in the 600 block of S. Lake Shore Drive around 8:19 p.m.
Officials said an adult male was driving southbound in a sedan when he rear ended a pick up truck in traffic.
The man was transported to Northwestern Hospital where he was pronounced dead. There were no other injuries reported.
Officials did indicate they believe the victim may have suffered a medical emergency that caused the crash.
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