4 dead in Fernwood attack, 8 others wounded in shootings
The quadruple fatal shooting happened about 12:40 p.m. in the 100 block of West 105th Street at a home in the Fernwood neighborhood, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago police spokesman.
At least five ambulances were sent to the home after officers were alerted by an anonymous call that several people were shot there, police said.
Two men and two women were pronounced dead at the scene, and a woman in her 20s was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, officials said.
according to rapporteur report from Chicago Tribun, link ,Earlier information stated a 2-year-old child was wounded, but that information was incorrect. Officials later said the child was taken to Roseland Community Hospital for observation, said Jeff Lyle, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.
Lyle said all of the shooting victims were in their 20s.
At a news conference about a half block from the site of the shootings and with more than a dozen relatives looking on, First Deputy Police Superintendent Kevin Navarro said authorities received an anonymous 911 call of five people shot at the home. Once they arrived they found two women on the front porch — one dead, the other critically injured. Inside, police found two men and a woman, all of them dead, Navarro said.
Police did not provide ages or relationships for any of the victims and the motive for the attack remains unclear Saturday night.
Police also found a 2-year-old child who was unharmed. The child was taken to a hospital for observation.
"At this point the case is still unfolding," Navarro said. "We have more questions than answers."
Family said at least four people lived in the house and were tight-lipped about who the shooter is but confirmed he left in a red truck.
Navarro said a weapon was not recovered. Police were expected to be at the scene for much of the night as forensic specialists comb through the home for details.
Police were also expected to check for any past incidences of trouble at the home, Navarro said.
After the news conference, relatives of the suspected dead struggled with the tragedy, saying they still didn't know which of their family members were killed, as authorities hadn't yet released the identities of the dead.
They suspected that one of their cousins was among the dead because he had not answered the phone all day.
"(Why would) somebody do something like this? Just another senseless act of violence," said Melvin Jackson. "This is a massacre, man. Who would do something like this?"
Police offered no information about the gunman.
As word of the deaths spread, family members began to arrive at the home, some in thin jackets, waiting behind the crime scene tape for news about their loved ones.
Relatives said neighbors told them that they didn't hear gunshots but did see a red truck speed backward up the one-way street just before the child fled the home.
About 10 minutes before the Fernwood attack, a 21-year-old man was seriously wounded outside of a funeral home on the West Side. He was coming out of a building about 12:20 p.m. in the 3100 block of West Roosevelt Road when someone inside a blue sedan shot him in the right arm. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical but stable condition. Two people were in police custody in that case, officials said. The shootings were not related.
An accidental shooting on the West Side about 4:25 p.m. wounded a 9-year-old boy in the right leg.
Paramedics were called to the 5900 block of West Rice Street in the Austin neighborhood for the boy who had been shot in the right leg. Police said the shooting was accidental and self-inflicted.
The boy was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was listed in serious condition.
A 17-year-old boy was shot in the right leg at 7 p.m. in a drive-by shooting in the Chatham neighborhood, police said. The boy was walking in the 8200 block of South Ingleside Avenue when someone inside a black vehicle began shooting at him. The boy took himself to Comer Children's Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.
In the West Pullman neighborhood at 7 p.m., a 28-year-old was shot in the abdomen while he was talking to two men in the 11500 block of South Princeton Avenue, police said. He had been walking down the street when the two men approached him and began talking to him. At some point, one of the men pulled out a gun and shot him in the abdomen. He was taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
About 6:40 p.m. in the South Chicago neighborhood, someone shot a 26-year-old man in the abdomen while he was standing outside in the 8800 block of South Burley Avenue, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was in critical condition.
About 6:25 p.m. in the Austin neighborhood, a 32-year-old man was standing in the first block of South Leamington Avenue when a gunman confronted him on foot and began firing, hitting him in the groin, buttocks and right leg, police said. He got himself to Loretto Hospital where his condition has stabilized. The gunman ran away north on Leamington, police said.
About 5:05 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was also shot in the right leg. It happened in the 4500 block of South Princeton Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood. He told police he heard shots and felt pain while walking but is not cooperating further with police. He was taken to Comer Children's Hospital where his condition had stabilized, police said.