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7 wounded in Saturday shootings

Police investigate a shooting about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018 in the 8700 block of South State Street in Chicago. | Justin Jackson/ Sun-Times

At least seven people were shot in Chicago on Saturday, including a 50-year-old driver who crashed into a tree and had to be removed from his burning vehicle.

At 8:51 p.m., the man was driving in the Austin neighborhood’s 5500 block of West LeMoyne when an unknown shooter fired a bullet into his head, according to Chicago police. The car rammed into a tree and went up in flames. Firefighters extinguished the flames and the 50-year-old was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood. He was in critical condition.

A 17-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet after arguing with someone he knew later that night in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. The shooting happened at 9:24 p.m. in the 8400 block of South Loomis Boulevard.

In the afternoon, a man was wounded in a shooting Saturday afternoon in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

A 16-year-old boy was shot during a drive-by attack in the Gladstone Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. At 12:44 p.m., the boy was in the 5300 block of North Magnet Avenue when someone he didn’t know pulled alongside him in a sedan and began firing gunshots in his direction, police said.

Two men were wounded, one critically, in a shooting during the morning in the Avondale neighborhood on the Northwest Side. The men, ages 29 and 57, were driving at 2:10 a.m. in the 3200 block of North Kimball Avenue when a van approached them and someone inside fired shots, police said. The 29-year-old was shot twice in his back and the other man was struck in the neck.

Also Saturday morning, a 26-year-old man who was waiting for a date was shot at a gas station in the South Side Chatham neighborhood. About 1:45 a.m., he was sitting inside a vehicle waiting for a date in the 8700 block of South State Street when someone approached him and fired shots, police said. He was struck in both legs.

Video By Justin Jackson | Police investigate a shooting about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018 in the 8700 block of South S

On Friday, at least three people were wounded by citywide gun violence.