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Year's first killing among at least 5 shootings citywide

Staff report

1:51 PM CST, January 4, 2014

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A 30-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon in what was apparently Chicago's first homicide of 2014, and at least five other people were injured in shootings over about 24 hours from Friday morning to Saturday morning, police said.

About 1:15 p.m., someone approached Ronald Sawyer and opened fire as the 30-year-old was in the 300 block of West 114th Street in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said.

Sawyer, who lived in the 11000 block of South Parnell Avenue, was shot several times, authorities said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 4:08 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

His death is believed to be Chicago's only homicide of 2014 to date.

Hours later, about 8:20 p.m. Friday, a 52-year-old man was shot during an apparent robbery in the 2600 block of East 106th Street in the South Deering neighborhood on the Far South Side, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti. The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with a gunshot wound to the back. He was listed in serious condition late Friday.

Early this morning, another man in his 50s was one of two people critically injured in a shooting in the 200 block of East 35th Street in The Gap neighborhood on the South Side.

Police said the two men were walking down the sidewalk near the entrance of a submarine sandwich restaurant when they became involved in an argument with a third person. The third person took out a gun and opened fire, striking the 55-year-old in the chest and his 25-year-old companion several times.

The two men were listed in critical condition at Mercy Hospital and were expected to be transferred to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

About 3:40 a.m. Saturday, a 29-year-old man drove himself to Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the right hip. The man told police he was in a vehicle, stopped in the 3200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, when someone pulled alongside him in another vehicle, shouted gang slogans and shot him, said News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic. The man was treated and released from the hospital.

In the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side about 10:40 a.m. Friday, a 39-year-old man told police he was shot in the leg in the 500 block of South Sacramento Boulevard, Sedevic said. The man did not call 911 when the shooting took place and instead went to Rush Unversity Medical Center, where he was treated for his wound. Police later determined the man was actually shot about 10 a.m. on the grounds of a gas station at 300 S. California Avenue, according to police records.

The shootings were the first since the evening of New Year's Day, when a 37-year-old man was shot in the 1700 block of North Long Avenue about 8:50 p.m., according to police. He was treated at Mount Sinai Hospital for a leg wound.

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