A teenage boy was shot Friday outside Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH headquarters and near President Barack Obama’s Chicago home. He was one of 16 people shot across the city in less than 12 hours.
Police say the 17-year-old was walking in the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard at about 7:30 p.m. when someone fired shots from a minivan, hitting the teen in the back.
The teen, who police say is a "documented gang member," was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in stable condition.
A town hall meeting was underway at Rainbow PUSH when the shooting occurred, and Jackson ran outside to find him lying on the ground.
“I had to leave before the meeting was over to come across the street,” he said. “A young man had just been shot and was still lying down.”
The shooting comes amid the coalition’s 43rd Annual International Convention dubbed “a quest for equality and peace.”
President Barack Obama’s home is just two blocks away from where the shooting occurred.
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A little more than an hour earlier, two people were shot in the 8000 block of South Paulina Street. A 42-year-old man was shot in the arm and leg and was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition and a 40-year-old woman was shot in the ankle and taken to Holy Cross Hospital in stable condition.
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Around 8:40 p.m. an 18-year-old man was shot in the ankle while walking in the 6500 block of South Stony Island Avenue. The teen, who police said was being uncooperative, told officers he heard shots and felt pain. He transported himself to Jackson Park Hospital in good condition.
About an hour later, a 22-year-old man was shot in the leg and foot. Police did not immediately have details surrounding the shooting but said the man, a documented gang member, was shot in the 2400 block of East 99th Street and was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital in good condition.
Around 11 p.m. Friday, three people were shot in the 0-100 block of East 102nd Place, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.
A 23-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the neck but refused medical treatment, police said. A 23-year-old man was shot in the foot and a 19-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the foot. Both were taken to Roseland Community Hospital for treatment.
Police said an offender approached the group and fired roughly five shots at them before fleeing on foot.
At the same time, two people were shot near 60th Street and Prairie Avenue.
Police said a 17-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man were standing outside when they heard shots and felt pain.
The teen was shot in the back and taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital and the 21-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the shoulder and was treated and released at Stroger Hospital.
At least six others were shot overnight and into Saturday morning.
- Around 12:20 a.m., a 24-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the groin in the 2200 block of South Sawyer, police said. Officials believe the shooting was self-inflicted and said the man was taken in serious condition to St. Anthony Hospital
- Just after 12:30 a.m., police shot a man during a foot chase in the city’s Austin neighborhood. Officers patrolling the area heard gunshots and observed a vehicle “traveling at a high rate of speed away from the area,” according to a statement from police. The officers were attempting to curb the vehicle when a passenger fled the vehicle and officers followed. During the chase, police said the man produced a weapon and turned toward the officers who then fired at him, shooting him in the leg, according to authorities. The offender was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
- Less than 30 minutes later, a 39-year-old man was shot during an apparent robbery in the 5000 block of West Madison Street. Police said an offender with a handgun demanded money from the man. The victim gave the offender an unknown amount of money and the offender ordered him to lay on the ground. When the victim refused, the offender shot him in the left leg, ran to a nearby car and fled west on Madison, Sedevic said. The victim was listed in good condition at Stroger Hospital.
- Just after 3 a.m., a man was walking with his girlfriend in the 11900 block of South Yale when he became involved in a confrontation with his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend, police said. During the argument, the ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend shot the man, 25, in the abdomen and right arm. The man was taken to Roseland Community Hospital in stable condition and no one was in custody as of Saturday morning.
- Around 4:15 a.m., a 27-year-old man was shot in an apparent drive-by in the 8000 block of South Justine Street. The man suffered wounds to both legs after someone in a passing four-door vehicle opened fire at him. The man was taken in stable condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said.
- Fifteen minutes later, a 26-year-old man was shot in the Little Village neighborhood. Police said the man was walking with a friend on 24 Street near Pulaski Road when people in a red, four—door vehicle began shouting gang slogans and a man standing outside the vehicle opened fire. The victim was shot in the shoulder and listed in stable condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.