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37 shot, 5 killed in violent Chicago weekend

Police officers depart in patrol SUVs after a press conference to announce the launch of the 2020 Summer Mobile Patrol Unit at McCormick Place on May 28, 2020, in Chicago. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune/TNS)
October 05, 2020

37 people were shot in Chicago, Illinois over the weekend, including five people who were killed.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported the first fatal shooting took place at around 5:45 p.m. on Friday, and the most recent fatal shooting shortly after midnight on Monday morning.

35-year-old Joe Winters and a 14-year-old girl were shot at around 5:45 p.m. on Friday while walking around the 6600 block of South Oakley Avenue. Winters was struck in the head by gunfire and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died. The 14-year-old girl was struck in the ankle, was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition.

Hours later on Friday, at around 10 p.m., 26-year-old Recardo Fonza, was shot in the right shoulder and hip in the 2600 block of West 62nd Street, according to police and medical examiners. Fonza was taken to Holy Cross Hospital by a friend, where he was later pronounced dead.

The next fatal shooting took place on Sunday at around 4:50 p.m. when a gunman approached two men, aged 18 and 50, who were hanging out in a backyard in the 11300 block of South Harvard Avenue. The gunman fired multiple shots, striking the younger man several times. The younger man was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died. The older man was also reportedly sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was hospitalized in good condition.

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27-year-old Joe McGee was shot hours later on Sunday while driving in the 3600 block of West Roosevelt Road. McGee and another man, 18, were driving east when someone in the passenger side of an approaching vehicle fired shots. McGee was sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his body and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died. The other man, 18, was also hit multiple times and was taken to the same hospital in critical condition.

On Monday, at around 12:18 a.m. a person was fatally shot in the northbound lane of I-94 near Elston Avenue, according to information provided to the Chicago Sun-Times by Illinois State Police. The victim was reportedly found dead at the scene and was transported to an area hospital, according to the Chicago Fire department. Authorities have not disclosed the victim’s age and gender.

The first shooting over the weekend took place on Friday afternoon at around 5 p.m. when a 19-year-old man wounded in the leg by someone who fired shots from a passing dark-colored vehicle.

On Saturday morning, two teenaged boys, aged 16 and 17, were injured at around 3 a.m. on Saturday while in a southbound vehicle about 3 a.m. in the 7000 block of South California Avenue when someone standing on a sidewalk fired shots, according to police. The 17-year-old was struck in the back while the 16-year-old was grazed on his right arm. The boys were driven to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and both were in good condition.

On Saturday, three men were injured in an exchange of gunfire at around 3:05 p.m. after a 24-year-old man who was driving in the 5800 block of South Ashland Avenue reportedly opened fire on a pair of men, aged 20 and 26, who returned fire. The driver was shot in the head and throat and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition. The 20-year-old man on the street was struck in the leg, while the 26-year-old was struck in the arm. Both men were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where the older man was stabilized and the younger man’s condition was not known.

Another 17-year-old boy was dropped off at Mount Sinai Hospital on 1500 S. Fairfield Ave., at about 4:45 p.m. on Sunday with multiple gunshot wounds. He was listed in critical condition. The location and details of the shooting incident were not immediately clear.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported at least 22 other people were shot in Chicago between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.