Crime

20 shot in 16 hours in Chicago

CHICAGO -- At least 20 people were shot over 16 hours in Chicago on Wednesday into early Thursday, including a 12-year-old boy shot while at a restaurant and a couple in their 20s shot in the South Loop during a road rage incident that began on Lake Shore Drive, police said.

The boy and some friends were entering Golden Fish & Chicken shortly before 7 p.m. when a red SUV pulled up and shots were fired, according to Officer Kevin Quaid, a police spokesman.

The boy suffered a graze wound to his leg and was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition, police said.

"I'm just thanking God," the boy's older brother, Johnny Lindsey, told WGN-TV. "It could have been worse. ... He's OK. I'm OK."

The road rage shooting happened about seven hours later, shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday, police said.

A 23-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were in a red car on Lake Shore Drive near Michigan Avenue when another vehicle followed them and someone inside it fired shots, police said.

The man drove to Jefferson and Harrison streets in the South Loop, where the couple called 911, police said.

The man was hit in the buttocks and the woman was hit in the head, police said. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, where the man was listed in good condition and the woman in serious condition.

Police said the shooting appeared to stem from a road rage incident but had no details.

The gun violence Wednesday and early Thursday also included two fatal shootings, both in the Austin neighborhood.

One of them occurred on West Augusta Boulevard in the Austin neighborhood around 5:30 p.m. when someone in a car opened fire at two men, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a police spokesman.

A 22-year-old man was hit in the wrist and the chest and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Sweeney said. A 21-year-old man also was wounded and went to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he was in good condition with a gunshot wound to his finger and arm, Sweeney said.

In the same neighborhood, a 28-year-old man was found dead in a vacant lot on West Walton Street at 9:35 a.m., said Officer Laura Amezaga, a police spokeswoman.

The man suffered a single gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, Amezaga said. Police News Affairs was releasing no further information about the killing.

Other shootings:

-- Around midnight, a 34-year-old man was wounded in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side, said Officer Ron Gaines, a police spokesman.

The man was in a car in the 2600 block of West North Avenue when someone in another vehicle pulled up and fired shots, Gaines said. The victim's car drove on the sidewalk and crashed into a building, Gaines said.

The man was shot in the neck and was taken to Stroger Hospital in fair condition, Gaines said.

Mike Quaranto, who lives on the third floor of a building where the shooting happened, said he was in his garage, getting ready to go to work, what he heard what sounded like fireworks. He went back to his condo to check on his wife. When he stepped out onto his balcony, facing North Avenue, he saw a man lying on the street.

"I saw his white tennis shoes and some blood," he said. "I was kind of out of it."

-- About 11:15 p.m., a 23-year-old man was wounded in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, Gaines said. The man was standing outside in the 600 block of West 80th Street when he was shot, Gaines said.

The man was hit in the leg and groin, and he was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition stabilized, Gaines said.

-- About 10:30 p.m., a 30-year-old man was wounded in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side, Gaines said.

The man was in a vehicle in the 3400 block of West Flournoy Street when someone walking nearby fired shots, Gaines said. The man was hit in the chest, arm and wrist. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, Gaines said.

-- About 10 p.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in the 6700 block of South Blackstone Avenue in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. He went to Jackson Park Hospital and was listed in good condition.

-- About 7:30 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot in Rogers Park on the Far North Side, police said. The boy was outside when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, hitting the boy in the arm. He was taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was in good condition, Quaid said.

-- A 23-year-old man was shot in the Ashburn neighborhood, Quaid said. The shooting happened at 5:15 p.m. in the 3400 block of West 83rd Place. The man was outside a home when a vehicle drove by and someone inside fired, Quaid said. The man managed to run into the home and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital with gunshot wounds to his buttocks and upper leg. The man's condition was stabilized.

-- An 18-year-old man was shot at 3 p.m. in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, Quaid said. The man was in the 3100 block of West Walnut Street when a black SUV pulled up and someone inside began firing, Quaid said. The man was shot in the right leg and managed to get to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was in good condition.

-- A 22-year-old man was critically wounded in the 7100 block of South Cornell Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood around 1:15 p.m., Quaid said. A gunman got out of a blue SUV and began firing, hitting the man in the neck, right leg and back. The victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

-- At 1:05 p.m. two people were shot in the 6400 block of South Vernon Avenue in the West Woodlawn neighborhood, Quaid said. A 32-year-old man was shot in the left buttock when someone chased him and began firing. A stray bullet struck a 64-year-old woman in the buttocks, he said. Both victims were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where their conditions had stabilized, Quaid said.

-- A 17-year-old girl was shot in the 200 block of North Latrobe Avenue in the Austin neighborhood, Amezaga said. The girl was hit in the right arm at 12:15 p.m. when a car pulled up and someone inside began firing, Amezaga said. The girl was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition, she said.

-- At 12:05 p.m. two people were shot as they stood on a porch in the 5500 block of South Shields Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood, police said. A 20-year-old woman was shot in the foot and was taken in good condition to St. Bernard Hospital. A 29-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and also was taken in good condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center, Amezaga said.

-- At 9:40 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot in the 1000 block of North Ridgeway Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, Quaid said. The teen was hit in the right arm when he was caught in the crossfire as two people shot at each other, according to what he told police. The teen managed to get to Norwegian American Hospital, where he was in good condition, Quaid said.

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(The Chicago Tribune's Liam Ford contributed to this report.)

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