3 Dead, 13 Wounded in Chicago Weekend Violence

Sunday, Dec 22, 2013  |  Updated 6:38 PM CDT
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Off-Duty Sheriff's Officer Fatally Shot at Bellwood VFW

Cook County Sheriff's police officer Cuauhtemoc Estrada was attending a Christmas party at the VFW Bellwood Memorial Post 5081, on the 200 block of 30th Avenue, in west suburban Bellwood when he tried to intervene in an attempted robbery and was fatally shot in the chest.

Deacon Shot to Death on Chicago's South Side

Willie Cooper, 74, was shot and killed early Thursday morning while waiting in his car to pick up a friend. Marion Brooks reports.
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At least 16 people have been shot, three of them fatally, across the Chicago since Friday, police said.

The latest homicide took place in the around 7 p.m. Saturday in the 7900 block of South Lafayette Avenue.

Police said an 18-year-old man was shot in the head on that block Saturday and was later pronounced dead.

Another man died minutes earlier Saturday from injuries he sustained after he was shot in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood earlier in the day.

Around 4:30 a.m., a 28-year-old man was sitting in the driver’s seat of a double-parked SUV in the 4800 block of West Deming Place when he was shot in the head, according to authorities.

Police said a red SUV pulled alongside the man’s vehicle and an offender fired several shots, striking the victim in the left side of the head and upper body, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

The man was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, Estrada said.

Luciano Torres, who the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said is 26 years old, was later pronounced dead.

On Friday, a man was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the shoulder just before 10 p.m. in the 2800 block of North Talman Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood, according to authorities.

Police said the man was standing outside when he was approached by two armed men who fired several shots and fled on foot. The victim ran into a nearby residence where he collapsed and was pronounced dead.

The weekend’s most recent shooting took place around 10:50 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Two men walked in to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds but were not cooperating with police, officials said.

A 24-year-old man was shot in the hand and was listed in stable condition and a 34-year-old man was shot twice in the abdomen. The 34-year-old man was last listed in serious condition, police said.

Earlier Sunday morning, a 15-year-old boy walked into Our Lady of Resurrection Hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm, police said.

The teen was shot around 7 a.m. in the in the 2000 block of North Kenneth Avenue, police said.

He was not being cooperative with police and officials believe the shooting may be gang-related, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Michael O'Brien.

Around 1:35 a.m., police said a man in his 20's was shot in the leg in the 4700 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue.

The man was transported to University of Chicago Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, O'Brien said.

An hour earlier, a man in his 20's sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg, O'Brien said.

The man was shot in the 1200 block of North Menard Avenue and was taken in stable condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

On Saturday, two people were shot while walking around 4:30 a.m. in the 5800 block of North Kenmore Avenue, police said.

A 52-year-old man was shot in the right leg and was listed in stable condition at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston and a 43-year-old man was shot in both legs and was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in stable condition.

Just before 3 a.m. Saturday, a 44-year-old man was shot by an unknown offender who fired shots from a vehicle in the 1900 block of West Grand Avenue, police said.

The man was shot in the left hand and was treated and released from Saint Mary’s Hospital.

Just after midnight Saturday, officers responded to a call of a person shot in the 3300 block of West 30th Street.

Police found a 28-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital where his condition was stabilized.

On Friday, a 19-year-old woman suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body after she was shot while walking on the city’s South Side.

Police said the teen was walking with a male acquaintance around 7 p.m. in the 8200 block of South Drexel Avenue when two men approached from behind and fired several shots in the pair’s direction.

The woman was the only one struck in the gunfire, and she was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital in serious condition.

Police do not believe she was the intended target.

Forty minutes earlier, a 26-year-old man was also shot on the city’s South Side while walking in the 300 block of East 58th Street.

The man was struck in the buttocks by an unknown offender, Estrada said. He was listed in stable condition at Stroger Hospital.

Around 5 p.m., police said a 17-year-old man was shot in the face in the 1800 block of West 52nd Street. The teen was taken to Mount Sinai hospital in serious condition, but details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.

About 30 minutes earlier, a 33-year-old man told police he was walking on the sidewalk in the 5800 block of North Kenmore Avenue when he was approached by an unknown man, believed to be between the ages of 17 and 20, who produced a gun and fired shots.

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