Authorities speak out after violent holiday weekend

Authorities speak out after violent holiday weekend

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Officers investigate near a West Side gangway where police say a man was shot and killed Friday night. (NVP News Video) Officers investigate near a West Side gangway where police say a man was shot and killed Friday night. (NVP News Video)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

It seems the warmer the weather gets in Chicago, the more gunshots we hear in Chicago's neighborhoods. Since last Friday, 44 people have been shot - eight of them were killed, including five children Sunday night.

Seven of the shooting victims are CPS students, FOX 32's Anita Padilla reports.

The five children were shot about 7:40 p.m. in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting in the 6600 block of South Michigan Avenue, authorities said.

An 11-year-old girl in serious-to-critical condition and a 15-year-old girl in fair-to-serious condition were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, according to Fire Media Affairs.

A boy and a girl, both 14, were taken to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. The girl was in serious-to-critical condition, and the boy was in fair-to-serious condition, Fire Media Affairs said.

Another 14-year-old girl later walked into Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center with a graze wound in her buttocks, police said.

Community Activist Andrew Holmes told FOX 32 News social media plays a big role in violence among young people. He says when someone is assaulted via social media, it can make them feel lonely and embarrassed, making them want to retaliate on the streets. 

"The first thing they want to do is grab a weapon and discharge it. But the parents and the community can help with this, get inside that social media page," he said.

The most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon shooting, which left two men dead in South Lawndale.

About 1 p.m., an orange Hummer blocked a Lincoln Navigator head-on at the corner of 28th Street and Sawyer Avenue, Chicago Police at the scene said. Two people with guns then stepped out of the Hummer and fired nearly a dozen bullets at the Navigator, right under a police “blue light” camera.

A 13-year-old boy who lives near the scene said he saw part of the shooting happen from inside his home. Both people in the Hummer had white masks on, he said, and after the shooting, someone drove the vehicle south on Sawyer Avenue.

Police were searching for the Hummer.

The Navigator drove off and was later found at the corner of 24th Street and Kedzie Avenue, police at the scene said.

Juan Ocon, 32, was found in the Navigator with a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

A second man, 19-year-old Timmy Bermudez, was shot in the chest and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 1:42 p.m., according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Saturday morning, two teens who were found dead in an apartment building Saturday morning were killed over a dispute that played out on Facebook, according to the mother of the one of the victims.

Jordan Means, 16, and 18-year-old Anthony Bankhead were found dead just after 10:30 a.m. Saturday in an apartment in the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue on the South Side, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy revealed they were both shot in the head.

“An argument led to this, that’s crazy,” said Camille Cochran, 42, Jordan Means’ mother. “Now, I don’t have my son no more.”

She said Means was her baby — the youngest of her three kids. He was a sophomore at Bowen High School, liked to play basketball and was a ladies man, she said.

Chicago Police were questioning someone Sunday but could not provide any other details about the person.

Means lived less than a block from the South Chicago neighborhood basement apartment where the shooting happened. Friends gathered there Saturday night. Candles illuminated pools of blood left by the shooting.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy joined us on Good Day Chicago Monday to talk about the violence in Chicago. He said the community needs to step up and help. 

"We need a community that is going to step up and help us when gun violence occurs rather than having this 'no snitching code.' We need officers who are out there working hard, which is what we have," McCarthy said. 

The mayor also had some words for the parents of the gunmen and gang bangers. Mayor Emanuel joined McCarthy at a graduation and promotion ceremony for officers Monday. 84 new recruits joined the force and 100 other officers were promoted.

Emanuel says that more police will help fight crime, but it's not going to fix things. He says the only people who can truly fix things are parents.

In the other fatal shootings:

- A Chicago Police Officer and her husband, a Cook County Sheriff’s correctional officer, were found dead about 5 a.m. Sunday in their Southwest Side home Sunday in what appears to be a murder-suicide, authorities said.

- A 43-year-old man was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds around 9:30 a.m. Saturday in an alley in the 2900 block of West Flournoy Street, police said.

- Nicholas Ramirez, 19, of the 3900 block of South Rockwell Street, was found shot to death around 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the1600 block of West Hubbard Street. Two vehicles had been involved in a chase on Ashland Avenue, police said. The vehicle driven by the victim eventually hit two other vehicles in the 1600 block of West Hubbard before crashing into a concrete median. A man then fired into the crashed vehicle before driving off east on Hubbard, according to the police, who said Ramirez died after being shot in the head and a leg.

- Trevolus Pickett, 20, of the 8300 block of South Dorchester Avenue, was shot to death Friday night on the West Side in a gangway in the 5200 block of West Congress Parkway in South Austin. He was shot in the head around 11:15 p.m. Friday and pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 12:05 a.m.

The most recent non-fatal shooting occurred at 12:25 a.m. in the South Side Washington Heights neighborhood, when a 23-year-old man was shot in a vehicle in the 9500 block of South Loomis Street, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in good condition.

Nearly three hours earlier, a 15-year-old girl was wounded in a shooting in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. The girl was a passenger in a car in the 1700 block of North Pulaski Road about 9:40 p.m. Sunday when three males crossed the street, flashed gang signs and fired shots at the vehicle.

The girl was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in “stable” condition with a gunshot wound to her back, police said.

FOX 32's Anita Padilla contributed to this story

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