(HOOD RATS AT WORK THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO) – 3 dead, at least 16 hurt in city shootings, including 5 attacked in South Side drive-by

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By Deanese Williams-Harris

Three men were killed, and at least 16 other people were wounded in city shootings since Friday evening, including five shot in a single attack in the Gresham neighborhood, Chicago police said.

In that shooting, shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, the five people were shot in the 7900 block of South Loomis Boulevard in the South Side’s Gresham neighborhood.

Police said a group was gathered on a sidewalk when a gray sedan pulled up, and someone opened fire. A 29-year-old man was shot in the chest and taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. A 31-year-old man was also taken to Christ Medical Center in critical condition with a wound to the back and chest. A 27-year-old man was shot in the right leg along with a woman, 24, who was shot in the hip; both were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where their conditions were stabilized. A fifth victim, a 37-year-old man, suffered a graze wound to the wrist but refused treatment, police said.

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Of the homicides, the most recent happened shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of South Loomis Street on the Lower West Side in the Pilsen neighborhood, police said.

The unidentified victim, a 36-year-old man, was found outside on a back porch with several gunshot wounds to the body. Witnesses said they heard shots and found the man unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

About 2:20 a.m. Saturday, George Bingham was slain on the West Side in the East Garfield Park neighborhood in the 2800 block of West Washington Boulevard, said police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.


Witnesses reported hearing shots and seeing a man lying on the ground next to a 2008 Chrysler minivan. Bingham, 57, was struck in the back of the neck and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Bingham lived in the 7500 block of South Parnell Avenue, the medical examiner’s office said.


Raymont A. Hicks, 31, was shot about 6 p.m. Friday in the first block of East 87th Street in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. Witnesses told police someone in a black sedan fired shots at the victim before fleeing the scene, police said.

Hicks, of the 200 block of East 87th Street, suffered wounds to the chest and head, and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office and police.

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In other shootings:

  • Around 6:25 a.m. Saturday, a 21-year-old man was shot multiple times in the lower back and lower extremities by someone who approached him and fired shots in the 4900 block of West Superior Street in the West Side’s South Austin neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.
  • About 5:55 a.m., two men told police that someone in a blue SUV fired shots at them in the 12300 block of South State Street, hitting them both. The two men got themselves to Roseland Community Hospital but were later transferred to Stroger. The older victim was in good condition with a gunshot wound to the hand, and the younger victim was in serious condition with a wound to the abdomen, police said.
  • Shortly after 5:20 a.m., three people were shot in the 5100 block of West Chicago Avenue on the West Side in the South Austin neighborhood. A 38-year-old man walked into a firehouse on Chicago Avenue with wounds to his left arm and chest. He was treated by paramedics and was later taken to Stroger Hospital, where he left. Another two victims, 29 and 39, were taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. Both had gunshot wounds to the legs and were in good condition. The younger of those victims also left the hospital. Police said all three victims were uncooperative.
  • About 3:20 a.m. on the Far South Side, a 30-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman were shot while sitting in a vehicle in the 12000 block of South Wallace Street in the West Pullman neighborhood. A gunman on foot approached the vehicle and fired shots into a passenger side window. The man was shot several times in the arms and torso, and ran to the 12100 block of South Normal Avenue, where he was found by police. The woman stayed inside the car and suffered wounds to the arms and the legs. Both victims went to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where their conditions were serious but had stabilized, police said.
  • Just before 3 a.m., a 40-year-old man was shot in the 2800 block of West Congress Parkway in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. Witnesses said a man, possibly wearing a white tank top, fled the scene shortly after shots were fired. The victim suffered wounds to the abdomen and was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.
  • About 2:30 a.m., a 25-year-old woman was on the sidewalk gathered with friends in the 2000 block of West 69th Street in the South Side’s West Englewood neighborhood when someone on foot approached from a gangway and opened fire. The woman suffered a wound to the leg and was taken in good condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said.
  • Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, a 22-year-old man was wounded in the 4000 block of West Madison Street in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. Police said the victim was on the sidewalk when someone exited a gray vehicle and opened fire in his direction. The man was shot in the right hip and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.

Police reported no arrests in any of the attacks.

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