On the South and West sides of Chicago, seven people were injured last night in a rash of Christmas Eve shootings. Five of the seven people suffered serious injuries. Four of the injured victims were hit by gunfire in a single shooting on Chicago’s Far South Side. A spokesperson for the Chicago Fire Department said all four shooting victims were taken to local hospitals in serious-to-critical condition.
The shooting occurred just before 7:30 p.m. in the 9400 block of South Justine Street in the Brainerd neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side. An unknown male opened fire, striking four males as they walked down the sidewalk says Amina Greer, a Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer. According to Greer, (who was citing preliminary information) a 15-year-old and a 22-year-old were taken to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, a 17-year old was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and a 19-year-old was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The 15-year-old was shot in the abdomen, and the 17-year-old was shot in the chest, Chicago Police said. The other two men were shot multiple times. (The Chicago Tribune)
Later around 11:50 p.m., a 21-year-old was shot in an attempted robbery in the Gresham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. This shooting victim was sitting in a parked vehicle in the 8200 block of South Marshfield Avenue when two males approached on foot in what was apparently a robbery. Shortly after, one or both of the suspects fired shots into the vehicle, hiting the 21-year-old male victim in the lower abdomen, Greer said. He was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital and later taken to Advocate Christ Hospital where his condition was stabilized. (The Chicago Tribune)
Also around 9:05 p.m., a 19-year-old man was shot in the head in the 1200 block of West Washburne Avenue in the West Side’s University Village neighborhood. According to News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala, the 19-year-old was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition. Earlier Monday evening, a 37-year-old man was shot in the leg and back. This shooting also occurred in the South Side neighborhood of Gresham. Officer Zala said the shooting occurred around 5:50pm on the 700 block of West 81st Street. The man was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition, Zala said. (The Chicago Tribune)
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