15-year-old boy among 4 people killed in gun violence since Friday afternoon on West and South sides, police say

A 15-year-old boy was among four people who were fatally wounded in gun violence since late Friday afternoon to early Saturday morning on the West and South sides, Chicago police said.

The latest fatal shooting happened around 1:50 a.m. Saturday in the Austin neighborhood in the 5400 block of West Congress Parkway. Two victims, ages 31 and 35, were standing on the sidewalk when shots were fired, striking the younger man in the chest. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The older victim suffered a graze wound to the left hand and refused treatment at the scene.

Shortly after 1 a.m., a 41-year-old man was fatally wounded in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood in the 7000 block of South King Drive, police said.

Officers responded to ShotSpotter technology and found the victim in an alley. He had suffered gunshot wounds to the back and the chest, and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Friday, a 21-year-old man was fatally wounded in the 3400 block of South Paulina Street in the McKinley Park neighborhood.

Police said the victim was approached by a vehicle when an occupant opened fire, hitting him in the face and back. He was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, said police.

He was identified as Sergio Cervantes of the 3600 block of South Paulina Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Shortly before 5 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was pronounced dead after a shooting in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood in the 9800 block of South Hoxie Avenue, police said.

The teenage boy was on the street when a light-colored vehicle pulled up and someone opened fire in his direction, striking him in the back. He was taken in critical condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

No one was in custody for any of the homicides, and detectives were investigating.


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