A father of four was killed and at least six other people were wounded in overnight shootings across Chicago, police say.
The night's only fatal shooting occurred just after midnight in the 7500 block of South Kingston Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood, and it appeared to be a case of an innocent victim caught in the line of fire, police said.
Two men, ages 39 and 59, were talking on the sidewalk when a gunman standing at the corner of 76th Street and Kingston Avenue fired a handgun in their direction, striking both, police said.
The younger man, L.C. Robinson III, was hit in the face and taken to Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The second man was driven to South Shore Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.
Investigators don't believe either victim was the intended target.
News of the slaying devastated Robinson's mother, Estella Robinson, who was nearly inconsolable when reached by a Tribune reporter this morning.
"Stop the violence," she said as she wept during a telephone interview.
The death of her only child was the second major blow for her family this year. Just months ago, the mother of Robinson's four high school-aged children died of colon cancer. Robinson, a carpenter who lived a couple of blocks from the scene of the shooting, was doing his best to care for his children, his mother said.
"He was putting all of his effort into his children because their mother had passed," Estella Robinson said. "And now they don't have no parent to pass their time with," she said, breaking down.
In the night's other double shooting, two men ages 24 and 25 were wounded in the 5300 block of South Wolcott Avenue at about 2:15 a.m. A friend drove the men to Holy Cross Hospital, where both were listed in critical condition, police said.
Earlier, a 19-year-old man was shot in the abdomen in the 6600 block of North Ashland Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood just before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots fired from a gangway and seeing a black SUV flee the scene, police said.
The victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was listed in serious condition. Police believe the shooting was gang-related.
In the other overnight shootings:
• A 21-year-old man was wounded in the face and arm in a drive-by shooting in the 8500 block of South Escanaba Avenue at about 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, police said.The victim was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
• A male victim, age unknown, was shot in both legs in the 2400 block of South Sawyer Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was not known.
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