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1 dead, 7 hurt in overnight gun violence

One of the wounded, Quentin Johnson, died after being shot in the Austin neighborhood.

A driver crashed into a home March 30, 2021, in South Shore.
Police responded to eight shootings overnight March 8 and March 9.
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At least eight people were shot in Chicago between Monday’s sunset and sunrise the next morning.

One person died and two of the injured were teens — 14 and 15 years old.

The shootings were concentrated on the South and West sides, with half of them occurring during the first two hours after midnight. All of the victims were male.

Chicago saw 350 shootings and 44 murders this year through Feb. 28, according to official police statistics. Those numbers are up 20% over the same period last year. Gun violence in Chicago exploded in 2020, when shootings and murders outpaced the previous year by 50%.

Austin homicide

The fatal shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. Monday in the 5500 block of West Chicago Avenue, Chicago police said. Quentin Johnson of North Riverside was shot in his head and leg during an argument, officials said. He was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.

Teens wounded

A 14-year-old boy was shot in his ankle about 1 a.m. as he walked in the first block of West 35th Street in Bronzeville, police said. He went to Mercy Hospital for treatment.

At 2 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot as he traveled in a vehicle in Homan Square on the West Side. He was shot in his leg in the 3200 block of West Roosevelt Road, police said. He sought treatment at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Nonfatal attacks

The first shooting after sunset wounded a 23-year-old walking in West Elsdon on the Southwest Side. Someone shot at him from the sidewalk as he sat in a parked car about 6:30 p.m. in the 3900 block of West 58th Street, police said. He was shot in his arm.

About 9:15 p.m, a 27-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by in Gresham on the South Side. Police said he was shot in the 7700 block of South Throop Avenue. The red Durango and a white sedan drove off after the shooting. No one was in custody.

At 9:30 p.m., another man was shot and critically wounded in Gresham. The 30-year-old was shot in his head and knee in the 1500 block of West 79th Street, police said. He was unable to communicate with police after paramedics took him to the University of Chicago Medical Center.

At 1:30 a.m, a man was shot in his thigh in Heart of Chicago on the Lower West Side. The 26-year-old was found outside in the 2300 block of South Wolcott Avenue, police said. He was brought to Mt. Sinai Hospital for treatment.

About 1:45 a.m., a man was shot in an alley in Washington Park. The 28-year-old was shot in his hip in the 5600 block of South King Drive, and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center for treatment.

Over the weekend, at least 22 people were shot, two of them fatally.

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