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7 shot dead on Easter in Chicago, 27 others wounded in weekend violence

In all, 34 people were shot, eight of them fatally, over the weekend.

Eleven people were shot May 20, 2021 in Chicago. Sun-Times file photo

Chicago saw an especially bloody Easter with at least seven people shot and killed citywide during the 24-hour period.

The entire weekend’s toll was 34 people shot, eight of them fatally, in gun violence heavily concentrated on the South and West sides.

Easter weekend was more deadly, but saw less shootings, than last weekend when 36 people were shot, four of them fatally, between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.

Englewood homicide

The last murder on Easter Sunday was a 45-year-old man gunned down in Englewood on the South Side. About 11:25 p.m., the man was found in the 6800 block of South Throop Street with gunshot wounds on the chest, Chicago police said.

He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released his name.

Man dies after being shot 14 times in Roseland

Before dawn Sunday, a man died after being shot more than a dozen times, and another man was critically wounded, in Roseland on the Far South Side. A 31-year-old man was arguing with two people about 1:30 a.m. in the 200 block of West 108th Street when one person fired multiple shots at him, police said.

He suffered 14 gunshot wounds to the upper body and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he died. His name hasn’t been released.

A 45-year-old man who tried to intervene was also shot, police said. He suffered two gunshot wounds to the chest and was taken to the same hospital in critical condition.

Fatal Portage Park shooting

A 28-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday after getting into a fight in a parking lot in Portage Park on the Northwest Side. Jakub Marchewka of Belmont Craign was in a parking lot about 4:30 a.m. in the 3500 block of North Austin Avenue, when he got into a fight with a person who pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest, authorities said. He died at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

Brainerd homicide

Sunday evening, a 25-year-old man was found fatally shot in Brainerd on the South Side. About 6:15 p.m., officers found Dashawn Norman of Brainerd unresponsive in the backyard of a residence in the 9300 block of South Throop Street, authorities said. He was pronounced dead with a gunshot wound to his head at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Man killed in car in Little Village

A 28-year-old man was found fatally shot inside an SUV Sunday in Little Village on the Southwest Side. About 12:15 p.m., officers found Brian Guerrero sitting unresponsive in the front passenger seat of a GMC Envoy in the 3600 block of West 32nd Street, authorities said. He died of a gunshot wound to the back of his head at the scene. The rear window of the vehicle was damaged from gunfire.

Man fatally shot while driving in West Pullman

A 38-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday while he was driving in West Pullman on the Far South Side. About 2:15 p.m., Octavius Mitchell of West Englewood was stopped in the middle of the street in the 11500 block of South LaSalle Street, authorities said. After a brief conversation with a man who approached his vehicle, the man fired shots and killed Mitchell, authorities said. No arrest was announced.

1 dead, 1 wounded in Humboldt Park shooting

Two people were shot, one fatally, in a drive-by Sunday in Humboldt Park on the West Side. They were in a vehicle driving north on Humboldt Drive about 8 p.m. when two males approached from behind on orange dirt bikes and began to fire shots as they drove past the driver-side door, police said.

Elijah Mena, 19, was struck in the neck and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead, authorities said said. The 20-year-old was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in critical condition.

Only Saturday homicide

The only other fatal weekend shooting not on Easter happened Saturday evening in West Town. The 24-year-old was shot by someone who came up to him in an alley about 7:25 p.m. in the 2000 block of West Maypole Avenue, police said. Struck in the abdomen, he was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

He was pronounced dead the next day at 2:19 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. His name hasn’t been released.

Security guard shot in West Town attempted robbery

In nonfatal shootings, a security guard was wounded during an attempted robbery Sunday morning in West Town. The 22-year-old was reporting to work about 6:20 a.m. in the 100 block of South Western Avenue when a vehicle approached and the people inside tried to rob him, police said.

One of the suspects opened fire, striking the man in the thigh and lower leg, Chicago police said. The security guard returned fire, but it was not immediately clear if anyone was hit. The man was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Kennedy Expressway shooting

Saturday morning, a person was shot on the Kennedy Expressway in Avondale on the North Side. The person was shot about 6:35 a.m. as he drove south on Interstate 90 near Belmont Avenue, Illinois State Police said. He was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were thought to be non-life-threatening.

Cragin shooting

A 25-year-old man was critically hurt in a shooting over an hour earlier in Cragin on the Northwest Side. About 5:15 a.m., the man was in the 5000 block of West Deming Place when someone fired shots, police said. He was struck in the abdomen and taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital in critical condition.

Loop shooting on Lower Wacker Drive

Earlier Saturday, a 29-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the Loop. The man was a passenger in a vehicle about 3:30 a.m. on Lower Wacker Drive when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was shot in the knee and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

First weekend shooting reported in Austin

In the weekend’s earliest reported shooting, a man was seriously hurt in a shooting Friday night in Austin on the West Side. The 54-year-old was standing near a home about 7:45 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Mason Avenue when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was struck in the leg and taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.

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