2 dead, 47 wounded in Chicago weekend gun violence

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Police mark shell casings at the scene of the shooting in West Town Saturday morning. | Sam Charles/Sun-Times

Two men werekilled and at least 47 other people — including an 81-year-old woman — were wounded in shootings across Chicagobetween Friday afternoon and Mondaymorning.

About 1:10 a.m. Monday, aman was killed and another man was critically wounded in a South Shore neighborhood shooting.

Officers heard gunshots and found two men shot in the 7800 block of South South Shore Drive, police said.

One man, 28, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatality but did not release additional details.

The other man, 29, was shot in the chest and leg and was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.

About midnight Saturday, Ronnie Montgomery, 24, was found on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of West Hastings, authorities said. He had been shot in the chest and shoulder.

Montgomery, of the 700 block of West Marquette, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:20 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

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The 81-year-old great-grandmother,Iola Burress, was shot about 5 p.m. Friday, just minutes after viewing the body of her recently deceased daughter at a South Side funeral home.

Iola Burress, 81, survived being shot four times, relatives told the Sun-Times. Her 34-year-old grandson, Sylvester Burress, was also shot in the drive-by attack in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

“It’s very hard right now because we’re trying to bury her daughter and assist her and then this happens today during the wake,” said Yolanda McBride, Burress’s granddaughter, on Friday. McBride’s mother, Laverne Burress, 60, is the daughter the 81-year-old was mourning.

On Saturday, relatives said Iola Burress had to miss her daughter’s funeral.

Chicago Police said that Iola Burress and her grandson were standing outside in the 7800 block of South Carpenter when they were shot by someone who was in a passing white SUV.

The grandmother, who suffers from dementia, was shot in the right wrist and abdomen, while her grandson was shot in the hip, police said. They were both taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Both were released on Saturday, relatives told the Sun-Times.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened at 2:48 a.m. Monday in the South Shore neighborhood.

A24-year-old man was shot in both legs and his abdomen in the 2900 block of East 78th Place, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

Police said the man wasnot cooperating with investigators.

The shooting happened about three blocks fromthe fatal shooting in the 7800 block of South South Shore Drive, but police could not immediately say if the two shootings are related.

At least 45other people have been shot across the city since 1:55 p.m. Friday.


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