Police: 3 dead, 9 wounded in shootings on South, West sides

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Police investigate a shooting near King College Prep High School Wednesday night. | Brian Jackson / Sun-Times

Three people were killed and at least nine were wounded in shootings on the South and West sides Wednesday, police said.

Most recently, one man was killed and another was injured by a stray bullet in the Back of the Yards.

About 6:40 p.m., a vehicle approached a 40-year-old man in the 5000 block of South Racine, police said. Someone got out of the vehicle and fired shots, striking the man multiple times in his chest, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not confirm the death.

At the same time, a 25-year-old man in a home in the 5000 block of South Elizabeth was shot in the leg, police said. A source said it appeared the man was hit by the gunshots fired on Racine. He was taken to Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center, where his condition had stabilized.

About 9 a.m. Wednesday, Edwin Cook, 19, was shot to death in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the South Side. He was standing on the sidewalk in the 6600 block of South Oakley when a black four-door vehicle pulled up and an armed male got out and opened fire, according to police. He was shot multiple times, police said. Cook, who lived in the 6600 block of South Bell, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office.

About 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Heath Huntspon, 25, was shot to death in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Four males approached a home in the 5300 block of South May about 12:15 a.m. and knocked on the door, police said. When Huntspon came out onto the porch, one of the males pulled out a handgun and shot him twice in the chest, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Huntspon, who lives on the same block where he was shot, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The most recent nonfatal shooting occurred in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side. About 8:34 p.m., an adult male was shot in the head in the 5100 block of South Calumet, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital. His condition and age were not available.

At least seven other people were injured in shootings on the South and West sides since midnight Tuesday.

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