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Chicago Prepares for the Olympics: Shootings Wound at least 15 Overnight

Chicago Tribune 29 July 2009 6 Comments

At least 15 people were wounded in shootings on the South and West Sides Tuesday night and early this morning, according to police.

The attacks included the shooting of seven people in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, the shooting of two people in the Little Village neighborhood and the shooting of a carjacking victim on the South Side.

At least five people were wounded in other shootings, according to police.

In the East Garfield Park attack, a man ran out of a vacant lot on the south side of Walnut Street just before 10:45 a.m. and began shooting at a crowd of young men gathered on the north side of the street, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez.

Witnesses told police that after the man finished shooting, he ran back through the vacant lot toward Lake Street and may have escaped in a car, Perez said.

No description of the attacker or the vehicle was available, Perez said.

Among the other attacks, according to police incident notifications:

• A woman was standing on the sidewalk in the 6300 block of South Martin Luther King Drive when she heard shots fired and found herself wounded in the right calf about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday;

•  A man was shot in the ankle during a robbery in the 100 block of North LaPorte Avenue about 9:50 p.m. Tuesday. He was in stable condition at Loretto Hospital.

•  A man was wounded about 11:20 p.m. as he was sitting outside in the 4200 block of South Wells Street when two men began shooting. He was in stable condition at Provident Hospital.

•  A man was walking on the street in the 10700 block of South Champlain Avenue about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday when someone fired a gun from a passing vehicle, hitting him in his right side. He was in good condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

•  A man was shot in the 7200 block of South Cornell Avenue about 2:20 a.m. and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. His condition was stabilized.

Police were releasing no further details on the incidents this morning.

Read more at Chicago Breaking News


  • Dan Kelley said:

    Too bad that the biathlon event is a Winter Olympic contest.

  • Dan S. said:

    The following Summer Olympics shooting events might still be looking for competitors: 50m pistol, 25m rapid fire pistol, and 10m running target. The second and last events are perfect for the perps mentioned in the article.

  • Sideline Observer said:

    Practicing for the special new event, the Drive-By athelon.

  • KPRyan said:

    Why, OH WHY????

    Why won’t the Chicago politicians BAN THOSE DAMN HANDGUNS and prevent these senseless injuries and deaths???
    On nearly every corner throughout the city one finds a Gun Store – plying their trade – selling these killing machines to anyone over the age of what – 12? It is time to BAN GUN SALES!!! and SAVE LIVES!!!

    What? You say guns are already banned?? I don’t get it….

  • shooter mcgavven said:

    nice every gun that the police get from the criminals are illigal and proven to be smuggled from mexico

    this is madness

  • KPRyan said:


    Did you not know Mexico is now part of America?? Or, to state it correctly – America is now part of Mexico.

    We will all live happily ever after working (if you can find a job) for $5 a day (that’s a lot more than my great granddaddy made working on the Railroads in the late 1800’s!, so I know I should be very happy!) because our labor is only as valuable as that of a 2nd grade educated Jose from slums of Mexico City.

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