1 Dead, 7 Wounded in Shooting Near Lawndale School, Police Say

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Mere hours after seven people were shot near a playground in Douglas Park, eight more people were shot in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood, according to police.

The shooting occurred in the 4200 block of West 18th Street at approximately 3:43 a.m., according to authorities. One person, whom family identified as 33-year-old Demetrius Flowers, was shot in the chest and was later pronounced dead, according to police.

A total of seven more victims were shot during the incident, including a 14-year-old boy, who was shot in the thigh and taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition.

All seven of the injured victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and four of the victims were treated and released. Three remain hospitalized at Mount Sinai and Stroger hospitals, police said.

The shooting was one of several involving multiple victims during the morning hours on Sunday. A total of seven people were shot near a playground in the city’s Douglas Park neighborhood, according to police. During that shooting, a person in a black Camaro opened fire at a group of people, and some of the victims returned fire before the gunman fled the scene in the vehicle, according to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

At one point during the shooting, ballistics evidence suggests that four or five people were firing weapons, police said.

Just over an hour later, two more people were shot in the 1200 block of South Troy, according to police. The two women were standing on a street when shots were fired, and both were taken to area hospitals, where they are listed in stable condition.

At least 43 people have been shot across the city since Friday evening, according to numbers provided by Chicago police.   

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