As city temperatures rise, so does city violence. Three people were killed and at least 12 others were wounded in shootings Tuesday across Chicago. A man driving a tow truck was killed and at least seven other people were wounded Wednesday on the city’s South and West sides. This week brought the year-to-date numbers to 1,374 people shot, with 250 homicides. Here’s where the crime hit these past two days.
1. The 32-year-old tow truck driver was killed in a shooting about 8:35 p.m. in the South Chicago neighborhood. He was driving a 2006 Chevrolet tow truck south in the 8800 block of South Houston when someone fired shots in his direction, according to Chicago Police.
The man suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the left side of his abdomen and drove to the 9100 block of South Chicago, where the truck crashed through a wrought-iron fence. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:20 p.m., police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. His identity has not been released, pending notification of his family.
2. The day’s latest non-fatal shooting happened at 11:07 p.m. in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, where a 22-year-old man was standing outside in the 4000 block of West Jackson when he heard gunfire and realized he’d been shot in the leg, police said. The man, who was not cooperating with investigators, was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.
3. At 11:05 p.m., an 18-year-old woman was shot in the leg while she was standing outside in the 5000 block of West Adams in the West Side Austin neighborhood, police said. She was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.
4. A 20-year-old man was shot multiple times about 9:20 p.m. in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was in the 4100 block of West Cullerton when someone walked up to him and opened fire, police said. He was struck in his ankles, knee and foot, and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.
5. At 6:24 p.m., a 31-year-old man was shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side. He was driving an off-road vehicle in the 1400 block of West 49th Street when a male in another vehicle fired shots, striking him in the back, police said. Following the shooting, the wounded man drove himself to the 4800 block of South Racine, where emergency crews were called, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, and his condition was stabilized.
6. A 34-year-old man was shot at 5:16 p.m. in the East Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side. He was getting out of a vehicle in the 5300 block of South Cornell when someone walked up and shot him in his side and arm before running away, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
7. Earlier Wednesday afternoon, a 22-year-old man was shot in the foot in another Austin neighborhood attack. Someone walked up to the man at 12:44 p.m. in the 700 block of North Lockwood and opened fire, police said. The man was taken in good condition to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park.
8. The day’s first shooting left a taxi driver wounded at 1:04 a.m. in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The 58-year-old was picking up a passenger in the 700 block of North Avers when someone shot the driver in the chest, police said. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
9. Officers responding to a call of a person shot about 8:30 p.m. found an unresponsive male next to a vehicle in the 1000 block of West 103rd Street in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the Far South Side, according to Chicago Police. The male, whose age was not immediately known, was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene.
10. The day’s latest non-fatal shooting happened about 11:45 p.m. in the Belmont Central neighborhood on the Northwest Side, where a 26-year-old was walking in the 2900 block of North Mason when someone fired shots, striking him in the groin area and buttocks, police said. He was taken in critical condition to Community First Medical Center.
By Vera Sauchanka