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9 wounded in separate city shootings

Staff report

2:39 AM CDT, June 20, 2013

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At least nine people people were wounded Wednesday in separate attacks on the city's West and South sides, officials said.

The latest shooting happened about 11:05 p.m. in the 1800 block of South Paulina Street in they city's Heart of Chicago neighborhood, according to police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines.

Someone inside a dark-colored vehicle opened fire hitting the victim, a 17-year-old boy, in the abdomen, said Gaines. Someone took him to University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago but his condition was not yet known, according to Gaines.

Two 17-year-old boys were wounded in another shooting in the 8100 block of South Vernon Avenue at 9:08 p.m., police said. One boy was shot in the neck while the other was shot in the back. Those boys were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where their conditions had stabilized, according to Gaines.

An earlier attack happened about 8:20 p.m. on the 1700 block of North Menard Avenue, said Police News Affairs Officer Dan O'Brien.

In that shooting a 15-year-old boy suffered a wound to his abdomen. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, O'Brien said.

Earlier in the afternoon in the 5300 block of South Union Avenue about 3:15 p.m., a 20 year old man was shot in the leg, police said. The man later walked in to St. Bernard Hospital.

In a separate shooting about 2:06 p.m., a man believed in his 50s was shot in the 5400 block of South Damen Avenue, said O'Brien. The man was wounded in the jaw and leg and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where his condition had stabilized, O'Brien said.

About the same time, just after 2 p.m., an 18-year-old man was shot in the 1400 block of South Spaulding Avenue, O'Brien said.

The 18-year-old man was shot in the leg and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, O'Brien said.

About 1:40 p.m., a man believed to be in his 20s was shot in the back on the 300 block of West 75th Street, said O'Brien.

He was taken to Stroger Hospital, but his condition was not immediately available.

Earlier this afternoon, a  man, age 19, was wounded in the 100 block of West 109th Place and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Will Knight.

The man was believed to have been shot in the back of the head in the 10900 block of South Perry Avenue about 12:15 p.m., said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. No one was in custody, police said.

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