Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Early Weekend Report from Rahmaland

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Two teenagers were killed and 24 others were wounded during a city night filled with gun violence.

The youngest victim, Richard Modell, 17, died from his wounds after being shot along with a friend as the two went to meet a girl in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side Saturday night.

Richard Modell, 17, may have been targeted due to a feud between two rival gangs, one of which police say he belonged to. He and the 18-year-old were on their way to meet a girl when someone walked up and opened fire in the 6300 block of South Rhodes Avenue just before 9:30 p.m., according to police.

Modell died after being taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in "extremely critical" condition with a gunshot wound to the chest. Modell lived about three blocks south of where he was killed, a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said.

The other teen, 18, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds; his condition was not available. Responding paramedics found both of them in the street.

Police said they don't have any reason to think the older of the two affiliates with a gang and believe he may have been shot because he was with Modell.

About 4:30 a.m. Sunday, an 18-year-old man was fatally shot in the chest on the 5300 block of South Calumet Avenue, officials said.  The shooting occurred in the Washington Park neighborhood. The man was pronounced dead at 5 a.m. at Stroger hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. No further information was immediately available.

Those two teenagers were the fourth and fifth persons killed since Friday night. The others were a 73-year-old man sitting on a stoop with a friend, a 34-year-old man getting ready to celebrate his brother's birthday, and a 20-year-old woman in a "domestic" incident.

Saturday night's shooting incidents started about 5:45 p.m. and the pace didn't relent well into Sunday morning. The locations stretched from Rogers Park, blocks from the city's border with north suburban Evanston, south to the 12400 block of South Lowe Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood.

Here's a look at each of those incidents:

• About 7:04 a.m., a 24-year-old man was shot in the knee near the intersection of North and Central Park avenues in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak. He was taken to Norwegian-American Hospital; no condition was available.

• A 31-year-old man was shot at 5:30 a.m. at his home in the 0-100 block of West 112th Street in the Roseland neighborhood on the South Side, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center with a wound to his chest. It's not clear what prompted the shooting. The man shot has a lengthy criminal history and affiliates with a local street gang, police said, though it's unclear if that is what prompted the shooting.

• About 5 a.m., a male walked into Holy Cross Hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm, which he is expected to survive, police said. He told police someone shot him in the 6400 block of South Albany Avenue in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side but police weren't able to find a crime scene there.

• A man was shot about 3:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of South Wolcott Avenue in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood on the South Side, News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. The man was 23 years old, according to relatives. No other details were available.

• A male was shot about 3:25 a.m. in the 2800 block of North Mason Avenue in the Belmont Central neighborhood on the Northwest Side, police said.

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  1. People who don't think gun control laws work, don't understand what they're supposed to do.

    Chicago is a fine example of a gun-free city...

  2. Actually, the gun laws are what are cause g the issues. The criminals continue to get guns, no matter how many laws you put on the books. It only disarms those that should be protecting their counities. Oh, and before you shoot back with any liberal thought, I live in Chicago and have delt with the southside for over seven years.