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2 killed, 6 wounded in Chicago shootings Tuesday

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Two men were killed and at least six other people were wounded in shootings in less than 12 hours Tuesday on Chicago’s South and West sides.

One man died Wednesday morning after being shot the night before in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Robert Thornton, 32, was standing outside about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday on a sidewalk in the 5400 block of West Rice when someone in a white vehicle fired shots, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Thornton was struck in the chest and right leg and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead at 7:06 a.m. Wednesday. He lived in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

The day’s first fatal shooting happened about 2:25 p.m. in the Southwest Side Ashburn neighborhood. A 23-year-old man was standing outside in the 7800 block of South Homan when a male on a light-colored bicycle started shooting at him. The victim was hit five times and the shooter left the area. The man was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 3:03 p.m., authorities said. His identity has not been released.

The day’s latest nonfatal shooting happened about 9:22 p.m. in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. A 14-year-old boy was sitting in the living room of a home in the 1100 block of North Monticello when a bullet came through a wall, police said. It struck the boy in the right foot and he was taken to Norwegian American Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

Earlier Tuesday evening, a man was shot in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. The 19-year-old was walking about 5:30 p.m. in the 12800 block of South Union when he heard gunfire and realized he’d been shot in the arm, police said. He took himself to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, and his condition was stabilized.

Less than an hour earlier, a man was shot in the Far South Side Riverdale neighborhood. The 21-year-old was shot in the hand at 4:41 p.m. in the 700 block of East 132nd Street, police said. He took himself to Roseland Community Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.

Just before 4 p.m., an 18-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by shooing in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. He was walking in the first block of North Lavergne when a vehicle drove up to him and someone inside opened fire, according to police. He was shot in the back and buttocks and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

Nearly an hour before that, a man was hurt in a drive-by shooting in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood. The 28-year-old was standing in the 1200 block of West 81st Street at 3:03 p.m. when someone in a dark, four-door car pulled up and fired shots, police said. He was shot in the hand and taken in good condition to St. Bernard Hospital.

Tuesday’s first shooting happened in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. A 40-year-old man was shot in the back at 12:35 p.m. in the first block of East 102nd Place, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.

Eleven people were shot, two fatally, in Chicago on Monday.