A bloody 12 hours in Chicago; 7 dead, 18 wounded


It was an exceptionally violent and bloody 12 hours in Chicago.

Seven people were killed from late Thursday afternoon to early Friday morning acrossthe South Side–from Back of the Yards to Calumet Heights to Morgan Park. Over the same period, another 18 people were wounded in 13 separate shootings.

There have been no arrests. A crime scene photographer with the Chicago Police Department works near a basketball court where two people were shot. (Photo for the Tribune / Chris Salata)

The first slaying in the grim tally came about 4:40 p.m. yesterday when Anthony Lopez, 22, was shot in the chest and killed in a confrontation with rival gang members in the 1700 block of West Cullerton Avenue in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood.

The last came at 3:10 a.m. in the drive-by killing of  30-year-old Roger Walker, of the 10900 block of South Racine Avenue,  in the 1400 block of West 110th Street in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

In between those slayings, police said, there were five others:  Just before 6 p.m., Bernard Hatcher, 20, was shot multiple times in the 7800 block of South Maryland Avenue as he was walking down the street. Hatcher, of the 7800 block of South Eberhardt Avenue, was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital at 7:03 p.m.  About 10:25 p.m., a gunman emerged from a gangway in the 7000 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue and shot Anthony Williams, 29, in the face and chest. Williams, who lived three blocks south, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center and declared dead at 11:13 p.m.

About 11 p.m., DeAndre Morgan and his girlfriend were pushing their baby son in a stroller on the 900 block of West 53rd St. when they walked past a parked vehicle with four men inside. A rear-seat occupant got out and began shooting. Morgan, 18, of the 5200 block of South Morgan Street, was pronounced dead at Stroger at 11: 44 p.m.

Just after 11:15 p.m., Ramone Cook, 19, was found shot in the head on the 8700 block of South Ada Street. Cook, of the 1200 block of West 86th Street, had a .22 caliber handgun tucked in his waistband when police found him. His death may have been the aftermath of an altercation with another man over a girl, police said. He was declared dead at 12:03 a.m. at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park.

And just before midnight Thursday, 23-year-old Kristle Jackson died in a shooting that also injured two men near the intersection of 59th Street and Wabash Avenue. Jackson and one of the male victims had just come out of a fast-food restaurant, and the other shooting victim out of a store when two men approached them on foot and opened fire. The assailants had their shirts pulled up to cover their faces, police said. Jackson, of the 2200 block of West Highland Avenue, was dead on the scene.

In the non-fatal shootings:

• An 18-year old man was shot in the neck in the 2500 block of West 66th Street. He was in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. Police said he was a gang member. • Not far away in the 2700 block of West 66th, a 22-year-old man, another gang member, was sitting in a vehicle when he was shot in the shoulder. He was in stable condition at Stroger. A stray bullet hit a 44-year-old man in the back who was inside a nearby garage.  • A 32-year-old woman was in good condition at Stroger with a gunshot wound to her right thigh. Police weren’t sure if she was the intended target of the shooting in the 4700 block of South Throop Street. • A 25-year-old man, another gang member, was in critical condition at Stroger with gunshot wounds to his back and wrist sustained in a shooting in the 12400 block of South Union Avenue. • Two brothers, ages 22 and 18, also gang members, were in good condition at Advocate Trinity Hospital. They were shot in the 2500 block of East 93rd Street, one in the thigh, the other in the arm.

• Two more gang members, ages 17 and 16, were shot in the 300 block of East 85th Street. One was in serious condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a thigh wound, the other in good condition at the same hospital with an arm wound. Police said a red pickup truck stopped at Nat King Cole Park where several people were playing basketball. Someone inside the truck shot at the players.

• Yet another gang member, 22, was riding a bicycle in the 500 block of East 88th Street when he was shot in the thigh. He was in stable condition at Stroger.  Police said he was uncooperative and did not want to report the injury.  A 28-year-old woman was sitting on her porch in the 8300 block of South Colfax Avenue and was grazed in the neck as an unknown number of gunmen were shooting at each other. • A 15-year-old gang member was shot in the back in the 11700 block of South Loomis Avenue. He was in stable condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.   Another man whose age wasn’t available was in critical condition at Mount Sinai with a gunshot wound to his back from a shooting in the 4800 block of West Hirsch Street.  There were three other shootings for which details were unavailable.

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