A woman putting a toddler into a car was shot and wounded, and another woman was killed during an apparent robbery attempt in the South Austin neighborhood Saturday afternoon.
The attack took place shortly before 3 p.m. at Jackson Boulevard and Lotus Avenue on the West Side as a 34-year-old woman was placing a toddler into a parked car, police said.
A gunman walked up to her and fired shots, hitting her in the abdomen, during an apparent robbery attempt. A 30-year-old woman seated inside the car suffered a gunshot wound to the torso and was pronounced dead on the scene at 3:05 p.m., police said.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the woman as Tierra Gonzalez. She lived in the 4800 block of West Palmer Street.>>
The child was not injured and was released to relatives, and the older woman was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.
The assailant got into another vehicle and fled. Police were sent to that location for a car crash and found the two women shot inside a vehicle, police said earlier.
Hours after the attack, family members and friends gathered to grieve at the scene.
A gray Jeep barreled toward crime scene tape and burst through it. A man and a woman got out of the car and staggered toward the corner of Jackson and Lotus, where police were taking photos of an SUV that rear-ended a red sedan.>
"That's my baby's car," the woman screamed as she ran toward the officers. "She ran into that car! She's a good driver."
The woman fell into the arms of an officer, who held her in a hug. She sank to the ground, clutching his leg, as he put his hand on her shoulder.
More officers came over to console her. They helped her stand and walked her back to the Jeep.
"Mom, stay in the car. You are going to hurt yourself," said a detective who came to talk with them.
Police officers took family members to pick up the child. They brought the child back to the scene to reunite them, and an ambulance was called to check out the woman once she collapsed.
Family members declined to comment at the scene.
1 dead, 1 injured on Far South Side: ‘Is it him?’
A man was killed and a boy was wounded in a shooting late Saturday in front of an apartment building on the Far South Side, Chicago police said.
The two were standing at the front entrance of the building in the 9400 block of South Wabash Avenue in the West Chesterfield neighborhood around 11:25 p.m. when they were hit by gunfire.
The man, 22, identified as Stanley Watson, was shot in the chest and pronounced dead on scene at 11:40 p.m. The boy, 17, was hit in the left calf, right leg, right forearm and back. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was stabilized.
Watson lived in the 5300 block of South Hoyne Avenue.
As police officers walked in and out of the two-story brick apartment building, a woman ran up to the tape.
“Is it him?” she gasped to a group of family and friends gathered near the perimeter.
“Yes,” a woman cried back, dabbing her eye with a tissue and clutching a powder blue jacket more tightly around her.
Officers walked through a second-floor apartment, illuminated on the street through the large windows by the indoor lights. Outside, police expanded the crime scene, moving the crowd back by several yards.
The family members settled on the median in the middle of 95th Street, still busy with traffic early Sunday.
The woman in the blue jacket sat down on the median, staring blankly into the street.
Another man was shot and killed early Sunday morning in a separate attack on the Far Northwest Side, bringing those killed in gun attacks Saturday and early Sunday to three.
The man, 26, was shot in the head and chest around 1:05 a.m. in the 3300 block of West Hollywood Avenue in the Hollywood Park neighborhood, police said.
Officers were called to the area for reports of a person down and found the man on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead on scene.
His body lay on the sidewalk in front of an apartment building for several hours Sunday.
He wore jeans and white sneakers, and his red jacket was ripped open, exposing his chest.
Three shot within 20 minutes on West Side
Six other people were injured, three of them critically, in other shootings on Saturday, including three people wounded in a rash of shootings within 20 minutes on the West Side.
Most recently, a 32-year-old man was shot in the chest and back around 10:20 p.m. in the South Austin neighborhood, police said.
The man was standing on the sidewalk in the 5000 block of West Augusta Boulevard when he was shot. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
About 10 minutes earlier, a 28-year-old man was in a moving vehicle when someone fired at him from a dark-colored sedan around 10:10 p.m. in the 600 block of North Homan Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said.
He took himself to Stroger Hospital where he was stabilized with a gunshot wound to the arm.
Another 10 minutes before that, a 23-year-old man was also shot on the West Side in the Homan Square neighborhood.
He was on the sidewalk in the 3400 block of West Flournoy Street around 10 p.m. when he was shot multiple times. He was taken to Rush University Medical Center in critical condition.
In other shootings:
- Another 23-year-old man was also critically injured in a shooting in the Homan Square neighborhood around 7:35 p.m., police said. The man was shot in the leg in the 3500 block of West Polk Street and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.
- Around 5 p.m., a 27-year-old woman was shot in the leg in the 600 block of North Hamlin Avenue in the city’s East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said. She was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was in good condition and being treated for a gunshot wound to her right leg.
- A 17-year-old boy was shot about 2:40 p.m. in the 2300 block of East 70th Place in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side. He was walking when the assailant walked up and fired shots, hitting him in the leg, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition had stabilized.
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