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1 killed, 5 others wounded in Chicago shootings on Saturday

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At least six people were wounded Saturday in citywide gun violence, including a boy killed by a Chicago police officer in Lawndale.

Michael Elam, 17, was shot by an officer when he was seen holding a gun and an “armed confrontation ensued” as he tried to run from a car that crashed in the 2100 block of South Keeler Avenue during a police pursuit, according to authorities.

Officers had tried to pull the car over prior to the shooting, but the driver refused to stop and later struck a parked vehicle and a curb, Chicago police said. Elam was shot during an ensuing confrontation when he was seen running from the crash and holding a gun.

One of two weapons recovered at the scene of a police-involved shooting Saturday, Feb. 17, 2019 in the 2100 block of South Keeler. | Chicago police
One of two weapons recovered at the scene of a police-involved shooting Saturday, Feb. 17, 2019 in the 2100 block of South Keeler. | Chicago police

Elam was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Chicago Fire Media Affairs and the medical examiner’s office. He lived in Lawndale.

An autopsy conducted Sunday found Elam died from multiple gunshot wounds, and his death was ruled a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said.

A 37-year-old man was taken to Rush University Medical Center in fair condition, but he was not shot, Fire Media Affairs said.

No officers were hurt during the incident, police said. Two weapons were recovered from the scene.

In other Saturday shootings, a man, 21, was grazed by a bullet at a gas station in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the Far South Side. He was sitting inside a vehicle at 11:42 p.m. in the 7600 block of South South Chicago when someone in another vehicle shot him, police said.

A man was shot while walking outside in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side. The 38-year-old was shot in the right ankle at 10:45 p.m. in the 7600 block of North Paulina, police said.

The evening’s first shooting happened in the South Deering area on the Far South Side. About 7:40 p.m., a 20-year-old man was walking in the 2500 block of East 106th Street when a group of people approached him and one of them opened fire, police said.

No shootings were reported in the afternoon. During the morning, a man was shot in the arm Saturday morning when four males opened fire at him in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. At 4:25 a.m., the group cornered the 25-year-old as he stood on a sidewalk in the 500 block of North Hamlin, police said.

Saturday’s first shooting happened shortly after midnight in the Southwest Side Brighton Park neighborhood. At 12:21 a.m., a 22-year-old man was driving in the 4400 block of South Archer when a gray Acura SUV pulled up next to him, police said. Three males were inside, one of whom shot the 22-year-old in the lower backside. Before the trigger was pulled, someone inside the SUV flashed gang signs.

At least three people were shot in Chicago on Friday.