2 Dead, At Least 16 Wounded in Weekend Violence

The youngest victim was 14 years old

Sunday, Dec 16, 2012  |  Updated 8:49 PM CDT
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Two people are dead and at least 16 more were wounded as a result of weekend violence across the city, including an Englewood neighborhood man shot to death by police who believed he was armed with a gun.

Angry residents of the neighborhood threw bottles and rocks at officers in protest after 23-year-old Jamaal Moore was shot to death by an officer who believed he saw Moore reach for a gun as he fought with police, police said.

Moore, who police suspect was involved in an armed robbery of a truck driver, as well as a spate of robberies of trucks as they stopped in traffic on the South Side, was shot by police as he reached for a flashlight while fighting with the officer who was trying to arrest him.

Previously Moore was in an SUV that crashed near Ashland and 55th, while trying to outrun police, according to Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden. Moore fought with an officer while other occupants of the vehicle fled the scene, police said.

The Chicago Police Department’s News Affairs office said in a statement that as the two fought, the officer saw what he thought was a firearm.

“In fear for both their lives, the officer fired, striking the offender,” the statement said. Moore was dead by 12:13 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The other shooting death this weekend occurred on the Near West Side, near Western Avenue and West Flournoy Street about 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

Gavin Williams, a 28-year-old Zion resident, was fatally shot in the chest while he stood on the front porch of a home, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

According to police, some of the other shootings that occurred include:

• A 26-year-old man shot Friday about 9:45 p.m. in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. Police say he was standing with a group of people in the 1500 block of South Sawyer Avenue when shots were fired, police said. The man was shot in the buttocks when he tried to run away and was hospitalized in stable condition, police said.

• A man in his 20s was shot in the left buttock in the 1300 block of North California Avenue in the West Town neighborhood, police said. After the shooting, which occurred about 9:45 p.m. Friday, police say the man was in “stable” condition at Norwegian-American Hospital.

• A man believed to be in his 20s who was shot in the head in the 5400 block of South Komensky Avenue about 8:18 p.m. Friday on the Southwest Side, He was taken to Mount Sinai in serious condition.

• A 16-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks in the 100 block of South Western Avenue about 5:20 p.m. Friday. He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where his condition was stable, authorities said.

• About 10 minutes earlier, two teenagers were wounded when a person wielding a gun, opened fire in the 1700 block of East 71st Place, police said. The boys --14 and 16-- both suffered gunshot wounds to the right leg and were taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, police said.

• Two men were wounded in a shooting Sunday morning in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. The shooting occurred in the 1800 block of North Whipple Street about 10:30 a.m., according to police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

A 31-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Mirabelli said. He was listed in serious condition, according to unconfirmed dispatch reports. Another man, whose age was not immediately known, was taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm, Mirabelli said.

• About 11 a.m. on Sunday, a woman walked into a hospital after suffering a graze wound to the chest in a shooting on the West Side. The woman, whose age was not yet known, walked into Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment for a gunshot wound, according to Mirabelli. She had suffered a graze wound to the chest in a shooting in the 4000 block of West Grenshaw Street, police said.

Police have made no arrests in any of the shootings. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

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