5 Dead, 6 Wounded in Weekend Shootings

The ages of the victims were between 15 and 56

Saturday, Jun 30, 2012  |  Updated 7:16 PM CDT
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5 Dead, 6 Wounded in Weekend Shootings

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Five men were dead and six others were wounded, including two teenage boys, in shootings throughout the city from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.

The most recent fatality took place about 12:45 p.m. on Saturday in the West Side Austin neighborhood, according to police.

Two men were on a porch in the 4900 block of West Washington Boulevard when a gunman approached them and open fired, striking both men in the chest, police said.

A 39-year-old man died at the scene, and paramedics took a 56-year-old man in serious-to-critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, where doctors later pronounced him dead, police said.

A spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the deaths Saturday afternoon.

At 2:43 a.m., police found a 33-year-old man dead and a 42-year-old man critically wounded after they were shot multiple times in a vehicle that hit a tree in the 2500 block of South Kildare Avenue, authorities said.

The medical examiner’s office identified the 33-year-old man as John Kouzios, of the 3000 block of South Kedvale Avenue.

The 42-year-old man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he later died, the medical examiner’s office said. The man’s name was not immediately available as officials were in the process of notifying the family.

At 2:30 a.m., William Cook, 19, was shot in the chest in his home in the 6200 block of South Talman Avenue, the medical examiner’s office said, adding that the man was dead at the scene.

Non-fatal shootings across the city left six wounded, including two teenage boys Friday night in separate shootings on the Far South Side.

The first shooting occurred about 8:15 p.m. on Friday in the 1300 block of West 113th Place, where a 16-year-old boy was shot in the right forearm, police said. The boy was taken in stable condition to Metro South Medical Center in Blue Island.

At 9:53 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot in the left buttock in the Pullman neighborhood. The teen and another person were standing on the sidewalk in the 12100 block of South Emerald Avenue when a light-colored vehicle passed by and shots were fired, police said.

Paramedics took the boy to Metro South Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition, police said.

About seven minutes later, a 40-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the back as he tried fleeing from a fight at a West Side restaurant, police said.

The man was inside a restaurant in the 3200 block of West Cermak Road when four men began physically attacking him, police said.

As the man began to run away, he was shot in the back, police said, adding that the man was listed in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

No one is in custody for any of the shootings, which were being investigated by Area detectives.

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