2 Dead, 6 Wounded in Shootings Since Friday Night

Shooting in Uptown was just the start of a deadly night

Saturday, Dec 10, 2011  |  Updated 11:22 AM CDT
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Two men are dead and another six wounded in gun violence in the city since Friday night.

The first shooting took place just before 6 p.m. in Uptown, near Sheridan Road and Wilson Avenue, when shots were fired from a red vehicle traveling east on Wilson, said police spokesman Ronald Gaines said. The vehicle then fled south on Sheridan Road.

The wounded were a 21-year-old -- shot multiple times -- and a 20-year-old who was shot in the side. Both were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. An 18-year-old was hit in the thigh and a 35-year-old was shot in the hand, foot and thigh. They were taken to Saint Francis Hospital, Gaines said. He did not know their conditions.

The fire department said paramedics took three men to hospitals in critical condition. Two of the men were taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston and the third was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Just past midnight, a Kentucky man was shot and killed in the South Side Park Manor neighborhood.

The 23-year-old -- identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Solomon Coleman -- was walking on the sidewalk in the 7300 block of South Evans Avenue about 12:03 a.m. when he was approached by three males who opened fire, police said.

He was struck twice in the head, police said.

Coleman, of the 100 block of Caldwell in Lexington, Ky., was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital at 12:45 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

About 12:30 a.m. a 17-year-old boy was critically wounded in a shooting in Garfield Park on the West Side.

The shooting occurred in the 200 block of South Homan Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

Friends of the teen took him to Stroger Hospital, according to News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety. Police were behind the van his friends were driving as they got to the hospital, Baety said.

The boy was in critical condition with two gunshot wounds to the chest and a gunshot wound to the ankle.

At least one person was taken into custody, according to unconfirmed dispatch reports.

A man in his 20s was killed and another person wounded after an apparent drive-by shooting in the Northwest Side Albany Park neighborhood Saturday morning.

The two were shot in an alley in the 4000 block of North Bernard Street about 5:08 a.m. in an apparent drive-by, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said, citing preliminary information.

One person -- a man in his 20s, according to a medical examiner’s office spokesman -- was shot in the back and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Mirabelli said. The other was shot in the leg and taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital in “stable” condition.

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