14-year-old boy among 9 shot, 3 fatally, in Tuesday gun violence

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A 14-year-old boy was among nine people shot, three fatally, in separate shootings Tuesday on the city’s South and West sides.

Romell Durr, 23,was standing on a Bronzeville neighborhood sidewalk at 8:17 p.m. in the 4700 block of South Prairie when someone opened fire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Durrwas shot in the abdomen and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:52 p.m. He lived in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Shortly before 1 p.m., another man was shot to death in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Jonathan Gavina, 26, was shot in the head and side and found in the driver’s seat of a parked car in the 3400 block of West 61st Street, police and the medical examiner’s office said. A witness told investigators they saw a dark-colored SUV pull away after the shooting. Gavina, who lived in the Archer Heights neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene less than 30 minutes later.

Tuesday’s first killing happened at 10:16 a.m. in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. Earron D. Moore, 25, was standing near the street in the 700 block of North Lawndale when someone fired shots at him from a passing vehicle, authorities said.Moorewas shot at least once in the backand taken toMount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:57 a.m. Wednesday. He lived in the University Village neighborhood on the Near West Side.

The 14-year-old boy was wounded in the day’s latest shooting, which happened at 11:07 p.m. in another Chicago Lawn neighborhood attack. He was a passenger in astolen gray Scion in the 6000 block of South Whipple when someone in a black vehicle fired shots, striking him in the chest,police said. The girl driving the Scion then crashed it into a building in the 6100 block of South Kedzie. The boy was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized. Police said the girl, whose exact age was not provided, was in custody early Wednesday.

About 10 p.m., a 32-year-old man was driving east in the 4000 block of West North Avenue on the West Side when someone fired shots from a black car, police said. The man suffered a graze wound to the neck and subsequently crashed his vehicle into a parked vehicle. He refused medical attention.

About 3:45 p.m., a 25-year-old man was critically wounded in an Austin neighborhood drive-by shooting on the West Side. He was walking in the 1700 block of North Cicero when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said. The man was struck in the left eye and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Earlier Tuesday morning, a 19-year-old man was seriously wounded in a separate East Garfield Park attack. He was standing outside about 8:25 a.m. near the corner in the 600 block of North Ridgeway when another male approached and fired shots, police said. The man was shot twice and taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital.

A 22-year-old man was critically wounded in a domestic-related shooting about 2:30 a.m. in the Clearing neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said. He suffered gunshot wounds to his arm, leg and abdomen and was taken to Christ Medical Center in critical condition. The alleged shooter, 48-year-old Raymond Leuser III, was taken into custody after the shooting and charged with felony counts of attempted first-degree murder andaggravated battery/discharge of a firearm. Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times the man Leuser allegedly shot was his son. Leuser, a sergeant with the west suburban Indian Head Park Police Department, previously also served the village as its interim chief of police.

The day’s first shooting happened about 2:05 a.m. in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the South Side. A 27-year-old man was pulling his vehicle into a back yard lot in the 9100 block of South Harper when 18-year-old Brian Ford walked up and pointed a gun at him, police said. The 27-year-old concealed carry permit holder, who feared “he may become a victim of a battery,” pulled out his own weapon and shot Ford in the chest.

Ford was taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. He has since been charged with a felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and a misdemeanor count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Ford, who lives in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, was scheduled for a Wednesday bond hearing.

On Monday, two men were killed and at least three other people were wounded in citywide shootings.

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