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Woman, teen killed, 10 others wounded in weekend shootings

At least 12 people were shot in Chicago this weekend, including a teenage boy and a woman found dead on a West Side sidewalk.

Cedric Wright, 17, died Sunday night in the South Side Gresham neighborhood after someone shot him in the head, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He had been arguing with two males when the shooting unfolded about 9 p.m. inside an apartment in the 800 block of West 77th Street, authorities said. The boy, who was from the same neighborhood, was brought to the University of Chicago Medical Center and died at 9:42 p.m.

On Saturday, Officers responded to gunshots at 12:25 a.m. and found 47-year-old Elisa Corona Vargas lying on a sidewalk at the opening of an alley in the 5300 block of West Iowa, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

Police said she had multiple gunshots to her head and body. Vargas, who lived in the same block, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly after the shooting, Vargas’s family members rushed to her body and cried. A dozen police officers attempted to hold them back.

The motive of the shooting was unknown Saturday night, police said. Detectives were canvasing the area for witnesses and surveillance video. No one is in custody.

Chicago police officers restrain family members who rushed into the crime scene after police uncovered the body of a woman who was shot and killed, Saturday morning, in the 5300 block of West Iowa, in the Austin neighborhood. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

In other weekend gun violence, another teen was shot Sunday, during the afternoon in the West Town neighborhood. The 19-year-old was standing with someone on a sidewalk at 3:50 p.m. in the 2500 block of West Hirsch Street when a male emerged from a alley and fired shots, police said. He was struck in his leg and taken by paramedics to Stroger Hospital for treatment.

An argument between two women Saturday night turned violent, leaving one stabbed and another shot in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the South Side. The two women began fighting at 10 p.m. in the middle of the street in the 6200 block of South Whipple Street, police said. During the fight, a man took out a gun and fired shots.

One of the women, a 35-year-old, was hit in the abdomen by the gunfire. She was treated at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The other woman suffered stab wounds from the fight and was treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said.

A male suspect is in custody, police said.

Also that night, a 17-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side. About 9 p.m., the teen was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the 11200 block of South Bishop Street when he heard gunfire and realized he was shot, police said. He took himself to Roseland Community Hospital to treat a graze wound to the head.

Before dawn Saturday, three males robbed a 46-year-old man before shooting him. The trio walked up to the 46-year-old at 4 a.m. as he stood on a sidewalk in the 8200 block of South Vernon, police said. They stole his cash and shot him, leaving him wounded in the left leg.

Friday evening, a woman was shot while riding a vehicle in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side. Someone in a black sedan pulled up next to the 23-year-old passenger in the 700 block of East 64th Street and fired a gun at her, police said. Both her hands were shot.

Earlier that night, a teenage boy was shot and wounded in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. The 15-year-old told investigators he was walking down the 1500 block of North Hamlin Avenue about 7 p.m. when someone he didn’t know approached and began shooting, police said. He was struck in the arm.

At least 11 people were shot — two fatally — in Chicago last weekend, including a 17-year-old boy shot to death by police on the Southwest Side.

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