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3 dead, 13 wounded in Wednesday shootings

Family and friends show up at the homicide in the rear of the Tire Shop at 79th & Clyde. Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | Brian Jackson / Sun-Times

Three people were killed and at least 13 others were wounded in shootings on Wednesday.

In the most recent fatal shooting, a man was killed and another was wounded Wednesday afternoon in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side.

Both men, 20, were shot in the 2100 block of East 79th Street at 2:19 p.m., police said. One man was dead at the scene, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He had not been identified Wednesday night.

The other man was shot in the leg. Hospital information for him was not known.

Early Wednesday, a teenage boy and a man died in separate shootings that happened at the same time on the Southwest and West sides.

Police responding to reports of a person shot in the 5900 block of South Fairfield about 1:15 a.m. found Jose R. Hernandez Jr., 17, lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the head, according to police and the medical examiner’s office.

Hernandez was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was later pronounced dead, authorities said. He lived in the block where the shooting happened.

About the same time, a man who had just left work was shot to death on the Near West Side. Donatello Herrera, 35, was standing on a sidewalk in the 1200 block of South Western about 1:15 a.m. when a dark-colored SUV drove past and someone inside opened fire, striking him in the abdomen, authorities said.

He had just gotten off work at a nearby Burger King, according to a manager at the restaurant. Herrera, of the 3200 block of South Wallace, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:38 a.m.

The most recent nonfatal shooting occurred about 11:45 p.m. in the South Shore neighborhood. A 22-year-old man was shot in the left thigh in the 7600 block of South Colfax and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

Less than an hour earlier, a 29-year-old man was shot in the West Side Austin neighborhood. He was walking on a sidewalk about 11 p.m. in the 4700 block of West Van Buren when he heard shots and realized he’d been shot in the left buttock, police said. A family member drove him to Loretto Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.