44 shot, 5 fatally, in weekend gun violence across Chicago

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Police cordon off a crime scene in the 4300 block of West Jackson where a school bus driver was shot Friday evening while children were on board. | Andy Grimm/Sun-Times

Five people were killed and at least 39 more people were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and early Monday.

The most recent fatal shooting happened early Monday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. A 33-year-old man was shot in the head at 3:34 a.m. in the 100 block of North Central Avenue, according to Chicago Police. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A 26-year-old man was also shot in the neck, chest and jaw, and taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Sunday afternoon, a man was fatally shot in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side. The 28-year-old man was shot in the back at 4:02 p.m. in the 2000 block of South Homan, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the death, but did not release his name.

On Sunday morning, a man was fatally shot outside a Pink Line CTA station on the Southwest Side. Officers responded to a fight outside the California station in the 2000 block of South California at 7:38 a.m., police said. A 20-year-old man, who has not yet been identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office, was shot in the neck and pronounced dead at the scene. A 24-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

Early Saturday, a man was shot to death in the South Side Chatham neighborhood. Just before 1 a.m., Jean Vital was driving west on 79th Street when he heard gunshots near the intersection of Champlain and realized he’d been struck in the buttocks, authorities said. His car crashed nearby. Vital, of the 1300 block of West Estes, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:38 a.m. An autopsy found he died of a gunshot wound to the buttock, and his death was ruled a homicide.

About half an hour earlier, a 17-year-old girl was fatally shot in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood. Naome Zuber was in the back seat of a vehicle going north in the 4500 block of North Wood about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a gunman on the sidewalk shot her in the head, authorities said. Naome, of the 5400 block of South Kenneth, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:52 a.m.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened early Monday in the West Side Austin neighborhood, police said. At 2:33 a.m., the 38-year-old was walking in the 5200 block of West Augusta when someone walked up and announced a robbery, police said. The victim was shot in the foot after he pushed the suspect and ran away. He was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where his condition was stabilized.

In the weekend’s first shooting, a stray bullet grazed the head of a school bus driver with students on board about 5:30 p.m. Friday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. He was in good condition and no children were hurt.

At least 35 more people were wounded in other city shootings since 6:45 p.m. Friday.

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