3 killed, 17 wounded in weekend shootings

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Three people were killed and at least 17 others wounded in weekend shootings across the city.

A man was shot to death Sunday evening in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side, police said.

Juan Mercado, 25, was sitting on a front porch about 6:45 p.m. in the 2300 block of North Melvina, when he heard shots and realized he’d been struck in the lower left side, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Mercado, who lived in the 2200 block of North Mulligan, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead at 7:27 p.m., authorities said.

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Early Saturday, four people were shot — one fatally — in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

The four were at a party in the 4400 block of West Madison about 1:10 a.m. when, during an argument, a man pulled out a gun and opened fire. A 22-year-old man — identified as Eddie Taylor, of the 1900 block of South Homan — was shot in the face and pronounced dead at the scene at 1:35 a.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office.

Two 20-year-old women were also wounded in the shooting and taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment. One was shot several times and was listed in critical condition. The other was shot in the buttocks. Her condition stabilized, police said.

Another man, 18, was shot in the back and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition had also stabilized, police said.

Late Friday, a man was killed and a teen boy was wounded in a shooting in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.

About 10:50 p.m., 20-year-old Roddy Comer and a boy, 16, were standing near the corner of 88th and Carpenter when a male walked up and opened fire, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

Comer, of the 7100 block of South Maplewood, was shot in the back and buttocks. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 12:47 a.m., the medical examiner’s office said.

The teen was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, police said. His condition had stabilized.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday evening in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

The 17-year-old boy was walking in the 1600 block of West 72nd Street about 5:00 p.m. when he heard shots ring out and felt pain, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center, where his condition had stabilized.

At least 12 other people were hurt in separate shootings since 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Additionally, a man was shot and killed by Chicago Police early Sunday in the South Side Washington Park neighborhood.

About 12:35 a.m., Wentworth District tactical officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 5300 block of South King Drive, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

A 26-year-old man with a gun ran east toward Washington Park when the officers tried to stop him, police said. As one of the officers chased him, the man allegedly pointed a gun in their direction and one of the officers opened fire, striking him multiple times.

Ronald Johnson, 25, of the 5100 block of South Lowe, was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:25 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

A weapon was recovered at the scene, police said.

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