By Robert McCoppin and Rosemary R. Sobol
1:20 PM CST, January 1, 2013
A 20-year-old West Side man was the first Chicago homicide victim of 2013, one of 11 people across the city shot since midnight.
Someone shot Octavius Dontrell Lamb, 20, in the throat in the 700 block of North Noble Street in the West Town neighborhood on the West Side, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Lamb, of the 700 block of North Throop Street, was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 4:16 a.m., she said.
Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said the victim was shot in the chest at 3:50 a.m. at the Noble Street address.
Lamb worked as a dishwasher at a downtown hotel until 2 a.m. when he got a ride to his old neighborhood on Throop Street, according to his family and friends.
He was drinking Korbel Champagne and had stopped at a nearby store for cigarettes before someone shot him while he was in an alley behind a row of subsidized housing, according to his family and friends.
Police found the bottle of champagne in a nearby garbage can and took it for evidence.
His 14-year-old brother Demarcius Lamb and friends poured a bucket of hot water to wash the frozen blood off the pavement Tuesday morning.
Asked why somebody would shoot him, Demarcius could offer no reason, except to say that his brother was not a gang member.
Police identified him partly by a tattoo of his nickname "Oc."
"He was devotional, hard-working," Lamb said. "He'd do anything for anybody. He provided for me."Nobody was in custody and Area Central detectives are investigating, Estrada said.
The apparent first shooting in 2013 happened about 1:15 a.m. on the 5100 block of West Madison Street in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side, police said.
The 29-year-old man was shot in the mouth and left shoulder and was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, according to police and fire department officials.
The man was in a bar on the 5000 block of West Madison Street when he and another man got into an altercation with others at the bar, police said.
The other victim was hit over the head with a bottle and the gunshot victim ran out of the bar when he sustained the wound to his mouth, police said.
Police were searching for the offenders, officials said.
In other shootings:
• A 22-year-old man was shot in the upper left leg while he was attending a party in the basement of a home on the 9700 block of South Beverly Avenue in the Beverly neighborhood on the Far Southwest Side, police said. The shooting happened about 1:55 a.m. and the man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where his condition had stabilized, police said.
• About 2:40 a.m., a 22-year-old man was shot in the 11700 block of South Sangamon Street in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said. He walked into MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island but was later transferred in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
• Also about 2:40 a.m., a 17-year-old male was shot in the right shoulder after an argument escalated into a shooting in the 1600 block of North Kedzie Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side, according to Estrada.
The victim was in a vehicle in the area of North Avenue and Kedzie when he got out of the vehicle and became engaged in an argument with a group of people, Estrada said. An unknown male pulled out a gun and fired several shots, Estrada said, striking the victim once. He was taken to Norwegian-American Hospital by someone else at the scene before being transferred in good condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
• A 20-year-old man was sitting in a porch about 2:45 a.m. in the 5700 block of South Laflin Street in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side when he heard shots and felt pain, Estrada said. He suffered a gunshot wound to the right forearm but refused treatment.
• At about 3:50 a.m. a male and a female were shot on the 3800 block of South Wells Street in the Fuller Park neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The female was shot in the thigh and the male was shot in the back, police said. One victim was taken to Mercy Hospital while the more seriously wounded person was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, fire officials said.
• About 4:40 a.m. in the 4700 block of South Loomis Boulevard in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side, a 21-year-old man was shot four times by a pair of unknown offenders who fired into his car as he was driving on that block, Estrada said. The man, who was hit twice in the upper right arm once in the back and once in the left thigh, is in serious condition at Stroger hospital.
• A man and a woman were wounded in a shooting incident about 6:10 a.m. in the 5900 block of South Maplewood Avenue in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side, Estrada said. The woman, 32, is in critical condition at Stroger hospital after suffering wounds to the face and back. The male, also at Stroger, was wounded in the head and chest; Estrada described his condition as "grave." No other details were available on the shooting.
Estrada said police are questioning one person in the Maplewood incident.
No one is in custody in any of the other shootings, police said, as investigations continue.
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