By Rosemary Regina Sobol
8:47 AM CDT, October 27, 2013
A 17-year-old boy was dead on the scene this morning after being gunned down in what police said was a gang-related incident on the Northwest Side, one of five people shot in separate attacks late Saturday and early Sunday citywide.
The 17-year-old was standing in the 3700 block of West Lawrence Avenue at 1:20 a.m. when two males on foot confronted him and shot him, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro. The attackers then fled.
The Cook County medical examiner's office said the still unidentified teen was pronounced dead on the scene at 1:29 a.m. At 4:15 a.m., the victim's body was still lying in a pool of blood outside the front door of the El Poblano bar at the northwest corner of Lawrence and Lawndale Avenue in the Albany Park neighborhood.
Seven family members gathered outside across the street and watched as police took his body and placed it on a stretcher and into a van. They wanted to come closer to the body but officers declined.
An autopsy conducted today determined that he died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
A young woman who said she was the victim's cousin said he'd been drinking in an alley at the time of the shooting. "He was waiting for someone," she said. "Gangsters came in a car and shot him."
"He was trying to get inside the door and that's where he died," she said, through tears.
Two forensic investigators used a flashlight and a rake to look for evidence near the alley. A detective in an unmarked car that was blocking the crime scene said that area is not known for many shootings.
Alfaro said no one is in custody and the homicide is considered gang-related.
In a separate shooting early this morning in the Austin neighborhood on the city's West Side, a 33-year-old man was shot about 12:05 a.m. during a robbery, said Alfaro. The victim was on a sidewalk when he was confronted by three attackers who pulled a handgun and robbed the man of cash before they shot him in the mouth in the 5500 block of West Huron Street, Alfaro said.
The victim's brother took him to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park but he was transferred to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where his condition had stabilized, Alfaro said.
At 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side, a 24-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the forearm in the 11500 block of South Racine Avenue, said Alfaro. The victim declined to be taken to a hospital, said Alfaro.
At 10 p.m. in the Logan Square neighborhood, a 15-year-old boy was walking in an alley in the 3200 block of West Wabansia Avenue when several males shouted gang slogans at him before firing shots, hitting the boy in the left leg, said Alfaro. He was taken to Stroger hospital, where his condition had stabilized, Alfaro said.
A 24-year-old man was shot in the buttocks about 9:30 p.m. Saturday night in the 400 block of East 73rd Street in the Park Manor neighborhood on the city's South Side. He was taken to Stroger hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, said Alfaro.
No arrests have been made in any of the attacks and police are investigating.
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