By Jeremy Gorner, Liam Ford and Adam Sege
4:12 PM CDT, September 3, 2013
Three people were killed, including a 16-year-old boy, and 10 other people were wounded across Chicago on Labor Day through early Tuesday morning.
The 16-year-old, Maurice Knowles was sitting on the porch of his home in the 10500 block of South LaSalle Street in the Fernwood neighborhood when someone opened fire from a gangway across the street around 5:30 p.m Monday, police said.
Knowles was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with a wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
A 22-year-old man sitting nearby suffered a graze wound to the back but declined medical attention.
A suspect fled to a building in the 300 block of West 106th Place, authorities said. Police surrounded the building and the person was in custody by 7 p.m.
About an hour later, 27-year-old Frederick Brown was shot several times in the Englewood neighborhood, police said. Officers found him unresponsive in an alley near the 5700 block of South Princeton Avenue around 8 p.m., police said.
Brown, who lived in the 6300 block of South King Drive, was pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m. at Stroger Hospital, according to the medical examiner's office.
Earlier Monday, Jerome Wood, 21, was shot in the head around 2 p.m. in the 6600 block of South Rhodes Avenue in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side, authorities said.
Chicago police detectives and beat officers used red and yellow tape to cordon off a two-flat greystone in the middle of the block. Neighbors said Wood was shot outside the building and may have collapsed in a vacant lot next to it. Police placed several yellow evidence cards beside bullet casings in front of the building and the lot.
A few families on the block were barbecuing in their backyard.
David Westin, 33, who lives across the street, said he was inside his apartment building when he heard gunfire. He then heard a female voice screaming that a friend was just shot.
Westin said he hadn't seen much violence in his neighborhood since moving into his apartment in June. He said the police are usually out in full force. The shooting has only reinforced his desire to move by next month, he said.
"I heard of gang activity around here, but it's the first time I've seen it up close," he said from his front porch, watching detectives and officers walking around behind the crime tape.
Darlene Sneed, 55, lives in the two-story building that was cordoned off. She had just gotten home from her bartending job a few blocks away when she saw the tape.
Sneed, who has lived in the building for about a year and half, burst into tears because she didn't know the name of the victim and was afraid to find out.
"I don't know what friend it is of my great-niece. But I know it's got to be somebody I know because I can feel it in my heart that it's someone I know," Sneed said. "I know a lot of these kids out here and. . .It don't make no sense when things happen around here."
Sneed said shootings happen regularly on her block and surrounding area. Sneed was told by a detective around 4 p.m. that it would be a few hours before she would be allowed inside her apartment building.
"From 71st to 61st. King Drive to Cottage Grove. It's always nothing but all this gang-banging stuff," Sneed said. "It's crazy, this world is really crazy."
Her friend Willie Crump, 55, who also lives on the block, placed her arm around Sneed. Crump said she heard five gunshots while sitting at a table in her apartment. She said she's heard gunfire everyday in her neighborhood.
"If it's not here, it's on Saint Lawrence, Eberhart, Rhodes, Cottage Grove, Evans. It's just. . .It's disgusting," said Crump, shaking her head.
Kia McNeal was sitting on her front porch at the corner of Marquette Road and Rhodes Avenue -- where a Chicago police camera is affixed to a light pole -- when she heard a number of shots. Her 2-year-old daughter was about to walk down the front steps of her apartment building, McNeal said.
"They can't even come outside and play," McNeal, 28. "We're on the corner in the mix of this stuff."
In other shootings:
• A 20-year-old man was shot in the abdomen about 2 a.m. in the 4700 block of North Central Park Avenue, News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said, citing preliminary information. The man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition.
• A 16-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man were shot while sitting on a porch in the 8500 block of South Paulina Street around 1:20 a.m., Greer said.
Someone stepped out of a dark-colored sedan and opened fire, striking the girl in the leg and the man in the arm, according to police. The man also suffered a graze wound to the ankle.
A neighbor said he heard at least 20 gunshots, and police had laid about 20 yellow evidence markers in the street.
Both teens were brought to Little Company of Mary Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized.
• A 16-year-old boy and and a 22-year-old man were shot around 10:25 p.m. in the 4800 block of South Winchester Avenue, authorities said. The boy was struck in the chest and taken to Stroger, and the man was taken to Sinai with wounds to the leg and face. Both were listed in serious condition.
• About 10 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot in the wrist in a drive-by shooting in the 7400 block of South Chappel Avenue. Someone opened fire from a dark-colored SUV, which then fled west, police said. The boy was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.
• About 2:30 p.m., a 48-year-old man was shot twice in the 6300 block of South King Drive and taken to Stroger in critical condition, police said.
• Earlier, a 19-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 4200 block of West 15th Street around 9:55 a.m., said Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. The man told police he heard shots and felt pain. The man's condition was stabilized at Mount Sinai Hospital, Mirabelli said.
• About 6:30 p.m., a 36-year-old man was shot in the 11700 block of South Marshfield Avenue, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Chief Joe Roccasalva. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in serious-to-critical condition.
•Police have launched a death investigation after a woman was found dead at a home on the 4400 block of West Wilcox, officials said. The Cook County medical examiner's office indicated that the body, believed to be a woman, was found heavily decomposed. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:11 p.m.
An autopsy conducted today determined that the woman died of multiple injuries from physical assault and ruled her death a homicide, according to the office. Her name and age were not known, officials said.
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