By Peter Nickeas and Deanese Williams-Harris
10:14 AM CDT, November 1, 2013
Two men in their 20s were killed and at least five other people wounded, including a 15-year-old girl, in shootings across Chicago Thursday and early Friday.
A 21-year-old man was shot to death in the Belmont Central neighborhood on the Northwest Side. The attack happened about 4:05 a.m. near the intersection of Menard and Fullerton avenues when a car pulled alongside another and someone inside opened fire, killing the other driver, police said.
Police found the car just west of Central Avenue on Fullerton. The man, identified as Saul Salgado, of the 2100 block of North Laramie Avenue, was declared dead at 4:48 a.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office, which gave his age as 21 after earlier reports had said he might be 23.
A passenger in the victim’s car wasn’t harmed but appeared hysterical at the scene, kicking the metal cage inside a police SUV while refusing to assist police.
A 25-year-old man was killed in the Gresham neighborhood about 9:45 p.m. Thursday, police said. His friends dropped him off at Little Company of Mary Hospital after he had been shot in the 8600 block of South Morgan Street. He had a shoulder wound and was declared dead at the hospital at 10:23 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
He was identified as Marcus Gaiter, of the 800 block of West 86th Place, according to the medical examiner's office.
In other shootings:
• Early Friday morning, two people were shot in the West Rogers Park neighborhood on the Far North Side. A 36-year-old man was grazed in the abdomen and a woman the same age was grazed in the arm about 5 a.m. in the 6300 block of North Washtenaw Avenue. The man was taken to St. Francis Hospital in good condition and the woman was treated at the scene, Police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said.
• In the Gresham neighborhood, a man who was hit with a paintball gun fired a real gun and wounded a 21-year-old man, police said. The victim was taken to St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center with a wound to the shoulder, police said.
Police said the victim was firing the paintball gun in the 7800 block of South Emerald Avenue when he was shot about 7:40 p.m. Officers took two paintball guns into evidence.
A 39-year-old man was charged with possession of or discharging an air rifle, which is a misdemeanor, said Sullivan. The man shot remains hospitalized, Sullivan said.
No arrests have been made for the shooting of the 21-year-old.
• A man was shot around 12:30 a.m. today in the 1500 block of West 57th Street, in the Englewood neighborhood. The 39-year-old man suffered wounds to his chest, torso and leg and was taken to Stroger Hospital.
• Someone shot a 25-year-old man on 116th Street just west of Parnell Avenue about 11:20 p.m. Thursday, police said. He was described by police as uncooperative and was taken to Roseland Hospital with a wound to his arm.
• Earlier in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, a 15-year-old girl was shot in the hand in the 400 block of North Central Avenue and taken to nearby Loretto Hospital. She was standing on the corner talking with a group of people when shots rang out and she felt pain, said Police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer. The shooting may have been a drive-by, Greer said.
• Around 11 a.m. Thursday in the Gresham neighborhood, an 18-year-old was shot in the right forearm in the 8200 block of South Justine Street. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center and told police he heard shots and felt pain.
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