As we reported last week, the number of shootings in February rose in comparison to the month of February last year. After a violent winter, the city is heading into spring and summer months, which historically show more violence.
As temperatures rise, so do the shootings, and after going a few days without an incident, the city faced 6 shootings in the period from Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday.
1. About 12:30 a.m. Thursday, police found a 17-year-old boy in a Northwest Side alley in the 2400 block of West Moffat Street. He had been shot in the head and the arm. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition. He was being uncooperative with investigators, as were witnesses, police said, so the circumstances of the shooting were unknown.
Officers taped off the alley along with two vehicles parked on Campbell Avenue, just north of the Bloomingdale Trail.
At a nearby small grocery store, Jorge Valdovinos stayed inside the business after hearing five or six gunshots. He later looked outside and saw officers swarming the neighborhood.
His family has owned the store for about 40 years. He said the shootings were unusual for the area.
2. Less than nine hours earlier and a block away, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg. That attack occurred about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 2500 block of West Cortland Street. The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.
3. About 4:45 a.m. Thursday on the Far North Side, a 29-year-old man was shot in West Rogers Park. He told investigators he was standing outside his apartment in the 2200 block of West Rosemont Avenue when males approached and fired at him. He was shot in the abdomen and taken in good condition to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.
4. About 11:15 p.m. Wednesday on the Southwest Side, a 25-year-old man was shot in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood. He was on the sidewalk in the 6700 block of West Archer Avenue when someone in a passing car fired a shot, police said. The man on the sidewalk was shot in the leg and went to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. His condition was stabilized.
5. About 7:10 p.m. on the South Side, an 18-year-old man was shot in the shoulder while he was in the 4400 block of South Marshfield Avenue in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, police said. He took himself to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in good condition. Police did not release any further information about how the shooting happened.
6. About 6:55 p.m. in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, a 35-year-old man was shot in the face in the 1300 block of West 48th Street, according to police. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was in good condition. The shooter in a blue SUV fired multiple rounds at the man, hitting him. The shooting was committed with a rifle and appears to be one of about three dozen rifle shootings in the surrounding area since last March, police said.
No one was in custody and police are still investigating.
By Vera Sauchanka