3 Dead, 14 Wounded in Chicago Thanksgiving Weekend Shootings

Last year, seven men were killed and at least 36 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Three people were killed and 14 others wounded across the Chicago area in shootings over the Thanksgiving weekend--including a teenage boy who was fatally shot by an off-duty officer during an armed robbery early Thanksgiving Day.

About 2:20 a.m., the officer was sitting in his personal vehicle in the 5800 block of North Talman when two teenagers approached, Chicago Police Deputy Chief Al Nagode told reporters at the scene. After the 16-year-old pointed a handgun at the officer, the officer handed over his belongings.

The second boy, 17, reached into the car and patted the officer down, finding a second wallet that contained the officer’s CPD star, Nagode said. The 16-year-old then pointed his gun at the officer and told him not to move.

The officer shot the 16-year-old, and the other boy ran away with the officer’s belongings.

The 16-year-old was brought to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving. He was identified as Sarge Junior, with a last known address in West Rogers Park, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The other teen was arrested shortly later and charged with a felony count of armed robbery with a firearm and two misdemeanor counts of theft, police said. He was expected to appear in juvenile court on Friday.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability was investigating the use of force by police and the officer involved will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days, police said.

The stepfather of Junior had reported him missing — along with the stepfather’s weapon — Wednesday night, Nagode said. A weapon recovered at the scene matched the description his stepfather provided.

The latest deadly shooting this weekend killed one man and wounded another in a Friday drive-by attack in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side, police said.

The two men were sitting in a vehicle at 10:08 a.m. in the 900 block of West 50th Street when a white Porsche SUV drove by and a passenger shot at them, police said. Thaddeus Flanagan, 29, was shot in the upper left side of his chest and taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:40 a.m., police and the medical examiner’s office said. He lived in the West Pullman neighborhood.

The other man, 23, was shot in the lower abdomen, police said. He was taken to the same hospital, where his condition was stabilized. After the shooting, the Porsche drove off eastbound on 50th and northbound on Halsted.

Another man died Thanksgiving morning from a shooting in the Longwood Manor neighborhood on the South Side, police said.

Jatoine Jackson, 20, was found lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds after witnesses heard gunfire at 11:46 a.m. in the 1200 block of West 96th Street, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The most recent nonlethal shooting left a 14-year-old boy critically wounded Friday night in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

The boy was standing on a sidewalk just before 9 p.m. in the 2300 block of South Sacramento Avenue when someone approached him and fired shots, police said. He was shot in his chest and taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital.

During the final minutes of Thanksgiving Day, two teenage boys were shot in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

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At 11:56 p.m., the two 17-year-olds were walking in the 100 block of North Kildare when they were struck by bullets from a shooter inside a passing dark sedan, police said. One was shot in the foot, and the other was hit in the leg. Both were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.

Another Thanksgiving evening shooting left officers searching for someone in a black mask who fired into a group in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

At 11:16 p.m., the 45-year-old woman and her family members were standing outside in the 3000 block of West 41st Street, police said. A masked male got out of a red sedan nearby and shot at the group, striking the woman in her upper body.

The 45-year-old wasn’t believed to be his intended target, according to a police source. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.

Thursday’s first reported gun violence came from an unknown shooter who seriously wounded a man in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

At 12:28 a.m. Thursday, the 36-year-old was walking in the 4400 block of West Jackson Boulevard when he was shot by a person inside a passing silver Chevy Traverse, police said. The man was struck in the back and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.

A Wednesday evening shooting left a teenage boy discovered in critical condition in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The 17-year-old was found shot at 8:46 p.m. inside an alley in the 3700 block of West Montrose, police said. Witnesses heard gunshots, but no one saw the shooting occur. The boy, who was unable to speak due to the bullet wound in his back, was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition.

During the Thanksgiving weekend’s first shooting, a man was wounded Wednesday night in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side.

The 29-year-old was walking in an alley when two males walked up to him, showed a handgun and fired shots about 6:40 p.m. in the 1100 block of South Central Park Avenue, police said. He was shot in his right thigh and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was in good condition.

Other shootings this weekend were reported:

  • at 7:28 p.m. Friday in the Jefferson Park neighborhood’s 4600 block of North Milwaukee;
  • at 5:47 a.m. Friday in the Gresham neighborhood’s 900 block of West 86th Street;
  • at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood’s 500 block of East 48th Street.
  • at 3:48 p.m. Thursday in the Burnside neighborhood’s 1200 block of East 95th Street;
  • at 3:50 a.m. Thursday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood’s 2500 block of West Division; and
  • at 1 a.m. Thursday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood’s 5200 block of South May.

In total, one person died and four others were wounded from Friday shootings. Thanksgiving Day saw 10 people shot — two fatally. And two people were killed and three others were wounded on Wednesday.

Thanksgiving weekend began 5 p.m. Wednesday and will conclude 5 a.m. Monday.

Last year, seven men were killed and at least 36 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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