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8 shot, 1 fatally, at overnight party on Southwest Side

The shooting happened just after midnight at a gathering in the 2500 block of West 79th Street.

Thirteen people were shpt, three fatally June 17, 2021 in Chicago.
At least seven people were shot March 26, 2021 in Ashburn on the South Side.
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A man was killed and at least seven others wounded after gunfire broke out at a “pop-up party” early Friday in the Wrightwood neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

It was the second mass shooting at an impromptu party this month. On March 15, a shooting wounded 15 people, 2 fatally, at a party in Park Manor.

In Friday’s shooting, at least two men opened fire shortly after midnight at a “pop-up party” in the 2500 block of West 79th Street, police spokeswoman Karie James said.

At least six of the victims were men in their 20s and 30s, police said. One victim was a woman.

Several handguns were found at the scene of the shooting — a line of storefronts that include a daycare, salon and storefront church. St. Rita of Cascia High School is located across the street. No arrest had been announced.

Police said the victims were:

  • A 27-year-old man shot in his head was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as Danteh Thomas by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
  • Another man, 27, was shot in his head and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition.
  • A man, 22, was shot in the left knee and a man, 28, was struck in the left leg, police said. Both were taken to the same hospital in fair condition.
  • Another man, 28, and a woman, 41, both suffered gunshot wounds to the abdomen, and were listed in serious condition.
  • A man, 32, went to the Little Mary of Company Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back.
  • An eighth person brought themselves to Roseland Hospital with a gunshot wound to the body.

The shooting happened at a storefront at 2515 W. 79th St., according to the Chicago Fire Department. City records don’t show a business registered at that address.

About two weeks ago, 15 people were gun downed at a Park Manor business where a party was being held. Two people were killed and at least five others seriously wounded.

That shooting was the most violent attack in terms of the number of victims since last July when 15 people were shot outside a Gresham funeral home.

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