In violent weekend, at least 8 dead, 37 wounded in shootings across Chicago

Written By SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE Posted: 04/21/2014, 10:34am
Array People wait outside Stroeger Hospital where two of five children were being treated after being injured in a drive-by shooting Sunday night on the South Side. | Alex Wroblewski~Sun-Times

Easter weekend was no holiday from violence, with shootings claiming the lives of eight across Chicago and leaving 37 wounded.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed the weekend’s violence Monday at a graduation ceremony for the newest class of Chicago Police Department recruits. Emanuel told the graduates he had spoken by phone to the mother of one of Sunday night’s victims of gun violence.

He said she told him she wanted the violence to stop, and that the community needs to speak and stand up.

“For a community to be safe, it’s not just about policing, it’s not just about summer jobs, it’s not just about afterschool, which is necessary, it is also about not living by a code of silence but living by a moral code,” Emanuel said.

On Sunday night, five children were injured in a drive-by shooting near Marquette and Michigan on the South Side. An 11-year-old girl was shot in the neck and taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. A 15-year-old girl, who had a gunshot wound in her right arm, also was taken to Stroger.

A 14-year-old girl was shot in the abdomen and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in serious condition, police said. A 14-yera-old boy, who was wounded in his left leg, also was taken to Comer. A 14-year-old girl later walked into Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center with a graze wound in her buttocks, police said.

On Sunday afternoon, a shooting left two men dead in South Lawndale. About 1 p.m. Sunday, an orange Hummer blocked a Lincoln Navigator head-on at the corner of 28th Street and Sawyer Avenue, Chicago Police at the scene said. Two people with guns then stepped out of the Hummer and fired nearly a dozen bullets at the Navigator, right under a police “blue light” camera.

A 13-year-old boy who lives near the scene said he saw part of the shooting happen from inside his home. Both people in the Hummer had white masks on, he said, and after the shooting, someone drove the vehicle south on Sawyer Avenue.

Police were searching for the Hummer.

The Navigator drove off and was later found at the corner of 24th Street and Kedzie Avenue, police at the scene said.

Juan Ocon, 32, was found in the Navigator with a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. A second man, 19-year-old Timmy Bermudez, was shot in the chest and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 1:42 p.m., according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

On Saturday morning, two teens who were found dead in an apartment building Saturday morning were killed over a dispute that played out on Facebook, according to the mother of the one of the victims.

Jordan Means, 16, and Anthony Bankhead, 18, were found dead just after 10:30 a.m. Saturday in an apartment in the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue on the South Side, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy revealed they were both shot in the head.

“An argument led to this, that’s crazy,” said Camille Cochran, 42, Jordan Means’ mother. “Now, I don’t have my son no more.”

She said Means was her baby — the youngest of her three kids. He was a sophomore at Bowen High School, liked to play basketball and was a ladies man, she said.

Chicago Police were questioning someone Sunday but could not provide any other details about the person.

Means lived less than a block from the South Chicago neighborhood basement apartment where the shooting happened. Friends gathered there Saturday night. Candles illuminated pools of blood left by the shooting.

In the other fatal shootings:

◆ A Chicago Police officer and her husband, a Cook County Sheriff’s correctional officer, were found dead about 5 a.m. Sunday in their Southwest Side home Sunday in what appears to be a murder-suicide, authorities said. Javier Acevedo, the correctional officer, apparently shot his wife, Veronica Acevedo, before shooting himself, Cook County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cara Smith said.

◆ Darren Rey, 43, of the 3000 block of West Flournoy Street, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds about 9:30 a.m. Saturday in an alley in the 2900 block of West Flournoy, police said.

◆ Nicholas Ramirez, 19, of the 3900 block of South Rockwell Street, was found shot to death about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the1600 block of West Hubbard Street. Two vehicles had been involved in a chase on Ashland Avenue, police said. The vehicle driven by the victim eventually hit two other vehicles in the 1600 block of West Hubbard before crashing into a concrete median. A man then fired into the crashed vehicle before driving off east on Hubbard, according to the police, who said Ramirez died after being shot in the head and a leg.

◆ Trevolus Pickett, 20, of the 8300 block of South Dorchester Avenue, was shot to death Friday night on the West Side in a gangway in the 5200 block of West Congress Parkway in South Austin. He was shot in the head about 11:15 p.m. Friday and pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 12:05 a.m.

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