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The most dangerous block in Chicago? A stretch of South King Drive where a young Michelle Obama once lived

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Chicago Sun Times: They call it “O Block.” It’s a notorious stretch of South Side real estate known for violence.

On maps, it’s the 6400 block of South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. But it’s just O Block to people there and in frequent references to the street in the blood-drenched lyrics of Chief Keef and other Chicago rappers.

The sprawling Parkway Gardens low-income apartment complex sits on one side of the street. A string of businesses including an Auto Zone, a food mart and the Chicago Crusader newspaper lines the other.

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Young men in hoodies and low-riding jeans gather in the courtyards here, staring down strangers. Mothers hurry past, holding tight to little hands as they shuttle between the neighborhood school and the safety of their apartments. Security cameras posted nearly everywhere here see it all.

Gang members gave O Block the name. The O was for 20-year-old Odee Perry, a gang member gunned down just around the corner on a summer’s night in 2011. His killer? A female gang assassin, police sources say. She later was shot to death not far from here.

Perry was one of 19 people shot on O Block between June 2011 and June 2014. That makes it the most dangerous block in Chicago in terms of shootings in that three-year period, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found.

Two of the victims were killed. None of the shootings has resulted in criminal charges. And none of the weapons has been recovered.

chicago1The number of people shot would have been even higher, the police say, if not for one shooter’s bad aim. Gerald Preacely, 22, is accused of shooting at a group of people standing outdoors on O Block on June 3 — then firing at two police officers who saw him do it. Somehow, no one was hit. Preacely — already on parole for illegal possession of a gun — is now charged with attempted murder.

TARGETING THE ‘ZONE’

Despite the violence, things are actually better now around O Block than they’ve been, the police and politicians say. They point to figures that show most of the shootings on O Block the past three years happened in the first two years of that span and that no one has been shot to death in two years.

Shootings are also down in the general area. O Block sits in the midst of the Chicago Police Department’s Beat 312, which stretches east from the Dan Ryan Expressway past Cottage Grove, roughly between 63rd and 65th streets. Since 2012, the number of shootings in Beat 312 is down by 59 percent through September, the police say.

In an effort to curb the violence, more officers have been assigned to patrol the area on foot and in cars, focusing on an “impact zone,” drawn up in February 2013, of five square blocks with O Block near the middle. Ten veteran officers patrol the zone, along with additional officers fresh out of the police academy.

“There is progress being made in the beat and the whole district,” says Robert Tracy, chief of crime-control strategy for police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), a former police sergeant whose ward includes O Block, says the police have sent a message to gangs that the shooting must stop. “The gangbangers have listened,” says Cochran, whose 26 years as a cop included time patrolling O Block and the surrounding area. “They have cooperated.”

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But the shootings, while down, haven’t stopped. A little past 9 in the morning on Oct. 23, young kids from the neighborhood were safe in their classrooms at Dulles elementary school, a block north. But on O Block, yellow police tape marked the scene of another shooting. It had been going on all night long, according to people at the Parkway Gardens apartments, where popular rapper Chief Keef used to hang out.

Then, at 9:20 a.m., a 22-year-old man was shot in the face inside the Parkway Super Market at 6435 S. King Dr. across from Parkway Gardens. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

James Rufus is a butcher at the Parkway Super Market. Things will have to improve a lot more before he feels safe. On April 14, Rufus’ 23-year-old nephew was shot on O Block. A man in a hooded sweatshirt followed him out of the supermarket, pulled a gun and shot him in the head outside Parkway Gardens. The nephew survived but was left paralyzed. He got out of the hospital in September and now needs a wheelchair to get around.

Rufus says he thinks a gang member from Woodlawn, east of King Drive, shot his nephew, mistaking him for a rival. “It could be better, much better, around here,” says Rufus. “I see more kids during school hours than after school. They’re just hanging out. Things still need to change.”

FIRST LADY’S CHILDHOOD HOME

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When Michelle Obama was a baby, her family lived on O Block, in Parkway Gardens, the complex of 35 buildings that stretches from 63rd to 66th along King Drive. She wasn’t even 2 when her parents moved the family from Parkway Gardens to a home on Euclid Avenue closer to the lake in 1965.

Her childhood memories of the apartment complex where she once lived are of “a wonderful, small apartment building,” the first lady told Time magazine in 2009. “But now when I pass it, it’s — I was, like, God, I never saw that apartment in the way that I’m seeing it now.”

Over the years, Parkway Gardens became a haven for gangs. These days, the police say, the Black Disciples control both sides of King Drive and Parkway Gardens, and the rival Gangster Disciples claim the neighborhood of single-family homes to the east. The gangs fuel their antagonism online in 140-character bursts on Twitter and in rap songs uploaded to YouTube. Often, it carries over into real life.

That’s what gives the area its other name: “Wiiic City” — for Wild, Insane, Crazy. “You can catch a shooting in the rain, the snow or the sun,” says one cop who works the block. “The GDs won’t go in to the McDonald’s or the drive-through because that’s BD. It’s all about territory.”

The dismantling of a nearby Chicago Housing Authority high-rise complex also figures into the calculus of crime on the block. Randolph Towers — 144 apartments spread across 16 buildings in the 6200 block of South Calumet — had been the hub of operations for the Black Disciples until it was razed in 2007 as part of the CHA’s Plan for Transformation, the police say.

Many of those gang members moved about three blocks away, to the low-rise Parkway Gardens apartments, which are privately managed and cater to low-income tenants.

Ever since, there’s been friction between BDs and GDs outside the complex.

‘DON’T COME HERE’

Around O Block, people fear the gangs. “It’s rough,” one woman says. “A lot of shootings happen.” A woman who’s lived in Parkway Gardens for a quarter century says: “It was nicer back then, flowers planted in the beds, the grass kept up, less violence in and around the complex. You have to watch yourself more these days.” Another, the mother of a young daughter, says that when she wants the girl to be able to play outdoors, she takes her to a park on the Southwest Side because of the frequent gunfire outside her apartment in Parkway Gardens.

Yet another young mom, Stacey Griffin, echoes that: “I have to watch my back, always watching over your shoulder. The police do be around, but, I mean, crime still goes on. I rush my son in to the house because you never know what’s going to happen. I don’t allow my son to play in the playground, either. I would take him to a far-out, better neighborhood to let him play.”

A young man offers a warning to anyone unfamiliar with the area: “It’s dangerous out here. If you ain’t from here, don’t come here, please don’t. It’s real, it’s hectic.”

In “52 Bars (Part 4),” Chicago rapper Lil Durk lamented the violence and gave a nod to Sheroid Liggins, a reputed gang member shot and killed in February 2012 when he walked out of a store on O Block: “Askin’ why they took Sheroid. Gave an inch they took a yard.”

In the winter of 2011, the Rev. Corey Brooks became famous as the pastor on the roof when he camped out for months on top of a boarded-up motel nearby, in the 6600 block of South King Drive, to draw national attention to the rampant gunfire in the neighborhood. Brooks says things aren’t as bad today. But gang factions continue to battle there, he says, with homemade rap videos posted online often fueling the violence.

Gang members from the Parkway Gardens side of King Drive still risk getting shot if they cross Vernon Avenue two blocks to the east or venture north past 63rd, says Brooks, who raised more than $450,000 with his rooftop campaign, bought and demolished the motel and plans to build a community center in its place. “You have kids on both sides who are fenced in because of their conflicts with each other,” he says of O Block. He points to Parkway Gardens and says the difference between the mid-1960s, when the first lady’s family lived there, and today is drastic.

“The environment was family-focused,” he says. “People were working. When you eliminate all those things from a community — men not in the household and education failing — it will be a drastic difference than what the first lady of the United States and her family experienced.”

GOING AFTER GANGS

Tracy, the police crime-control strategy chief, says O Block remains one of his major challenges. “We have to stay ahead of it,” he says of the violence there.

The police have tried to do that by pouring officers into the “impact zone” around Parkway Gardens. They’re also putting to use strategies, suggested by a Yale sociologist who’s studied crime in Chicago, that aim to identify potential troublemakers and stop them from shooting.

They’ve done a “gang audit” to identify gang members in the area. Now, after a shooting, police officials say they can use this list to go to gang members and make it clear they’re watching them and won’t tolerate retaliation. Also, they say they are monitoring social media for threats between gang members.

And they are now targeting gang members deemed likely, on the basis of the circles they travel in, to commit violent acts — or to become a victim of violence — by warning them they’re at risk and ietting them know they’re being watched.

These tactics, based on the research of Yale sociologist Andrew Papachristos, have been effective elsewhere around the city, the police say.

In the 20 months before the police drew up the five-square-block impact zone that includes O Block and started putting extra officers on patrol, there were 32 shootings. In the first 20 months after, there were 10 shootings — a sign, the police say, of progress.

Officers in marked and unmarked cars regularly can be seen driving along O Block and through the Parkway Gardens complex. On several afternoons in recent weeks, an officer was parked the entire time in a marked squad car in the complex on side streets off King Drive, and private security guards could be seen walking through the courtyards.

“They put in new security and removed people who weren’t supposed to be living there,” says Ald. Cochran, who says he pushed for a change at Parkway Gardens that saw Related Companies take over the complex’s management in late 2012. Before that, Cochran says, “You had a lot of people who were not on the lease in places where guns, drugs and gang members were being harbored.”

Related has put in a $350,000 artificial turf field at Dulles elementary school, adjacent to Parkway Gardens, hoping to give kids and teens a place to play. “The presence and quick response of officers has deterred crime recently,” the alderman says. “We have not solved it 100 percent. But there has been a host of actions that have been taken.”

‘A DEATH TRAP’

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as President of the United States in Washington

On a recent afternoon, dozens of young men lingered in the courtyards at Parkway Gardens. “Maybe you shouldn’t be here anymore,” one warned.

Yvonne Gayden has felt the violence — and says it still hangs over O Block and Parkway Gardens. Her son, Edward Riley, 20, was shot to death as he walked with his girlfriend on O Block on Oct. 19, 2011. The two gunmen also shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy.

Riley had attended Dulles elementary when the family lived in the neighborhood, near 63rd and Eberhart. Later, they moved north to 53rd and Wallace, but Parkway Gardens was his world, his mother says.

Gayden says her son was a “kindhearted young man,” despite having a rap sheet with arrests for drug possession and gambling and having been convicted for possessing a handgun with a defaced serial number.

“He was no angel,” she says. “But I will not blame my son for hanging out at Parkway with his friends. He grew up with those guys.” Still, she says she warned him about going there. “That place is a death trap,” she says.

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Monday Chicago shooting report: Same story every weekend…

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MyFoxChicago: Two men were killed and at least 20 other people have been injured in shootings on the South and West sides since Friday night.

About 11:40 p.m. Friday, a man was killed in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side.

Charles Wright, 39, was shot in the abdomen about 11:30 p.m. in the 5300 block of South Hoyne, authorities said. Wright, of the 3100 block of West 71st Street, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:35 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A shooting at 10 p.m. that night left one man dead and another wounded in Austin on the West Side.

The two were standing in a yard in the 5500 block of West Corcoran when multiple people fired shots from a sidewalk, police said.

Denzell Franklin, 23, was shot in the face and armpit and was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:43 p.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office. The other man, 24, walked to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park with a gunshot wound to the arm, police said. His condition had stabilized late Friday night. Two people were taken into custody in connection with the shooting, but their ages and genders were not immediately known.

A man was critically wounded in the most recent nonfatal shooting early Sunday in Chicago Lawn on the South Side. The 31-year-old was shot in the neck about 4:25 a.m. in the 2200 block of West 69th Street, police said, citing preliminary information. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. Details on the circumstances of the shooting weren’t immediately available.

Two men–including an off-duty Cook County sheriff’s officer–were shot within ten minutes in the neighboring South Side communities of Gresham and Auburn Gresham.

At 3:40 p.m., someone tried to rob the 34-year-old sheriff’s officer in the 7900 block of South Paulina and shot him in the hand, police said. His condition was stabilized at Christ Medical Center.

Ten minutes later, officers found a 21-year-old man lying on a sidewalk in the 8900 block of South Carpenter with gunshot wounds to his leg and shoulder, police said. His condition was not immediately known.

A 42-year-old man was shot and critically wounded about a half-hour earlier in West Pullman on the Far South Side. The man was walking in the 11900 block of South Eggleston about 3:20 a.m. when he heard shots, felt pain and realized he had been shot in the left side of his chest, police said. He was taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center, police said. A police source said the man has documented gang ties.

At least 15 other people have been hurt in separate shootings since 8:40 p.m. Friday.

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Did “The Simpsons” presage the Ebola epidemic? — and other pop culture foreshadowings

The plain fact is that governments do engage in deception, including plotting and instigating false flags — phony mass traumatic events — to advance a covert agenda.

One of the most famous false flags is the Reichstag fire of February, 1933 — an arson attack on the German government’s Reichstag (parliamentary) building in Berlin.

Adolf Hitler, who was sworn in as Chancellor only 4 weeks before, blamed the fire on the Nazis’ rival, the Communists — that the Reichstag fire was the beginning of a Communist plot to overthrow the Weimar Republic. Hitler succeeded in getting then-President Paul von Hindenburg to pass an emergency decree. Civil liberties were suspended; the German government instituted mass arrests of Communists, including all of the Communist parliamentary delegates. With their bitter rivals gone and their parliamentary seats empty, Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazis) went from being a plurality party to the majority, thereby ushering in Hitler’s consolidation of power.

In the United States, there is increasing and compelling evidence that the Sandy Hook school massacre on December 14, 2012, and the Boston Marathon Bombings on April 15, 2013, are both false-flag contrived events. (See “Former CIA spy: Sandy Hook and Boston Bombing were false flags“)

Some of us have become so cynical that we suspect every traumatic event to be another false flag. After all, President Ebola’s former White House adviser (and current mayor of Chicago) Rahm Emanuel did famously advise his fellow Democrats never to let a crisis go to waste, but to make political hay out of those crises.

Adding to our unease is the fact that certain mass traumatic events seemed to have been foreshadowed by eerie pop culture images and references.

As examples:

1. The name “Sandy Hook” is written on a map in the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises. (The movie is now infamous for being the one shown in a midnight premier on July 20, 2012, in Century Theater, Aurora, Colorado, where alleged lone gunman James Holmes shot and killed 12 and wounded 58.) In the movie, when plotters are determining where mayhem will erupt, police commissioner James Gordon (played by Gary Oldman) points to a map showing a targeted area identified as Sandy Hook, also known as “Strike Zone 1″ where Gotham Stadium is located. 

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2. The name “Aurora” appears on the top of a skyscraper in the backdrop of another scene in Dark Knight Rises:
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3. Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games — a book about young people who have to hunt down and kill each other, which was made into a popular series of movies — lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, where alleged lone gunman Adam Lanza shot his mother and 26 people in the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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The terrorist attacks on New York City’s twin towers on September 11, 2001 seemed to have been presaged by many images and ads that, in retrospect, appear sinister and downright spooky. Here are 7 presaging images.

1. The cover design for an album by the hip-hop band The Coup:

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The album cover was pulled within two days of the attack, and replaced with a new design in time for the album’s release date of November 6, 2001.

2. In the 1999 movie The Matrix, there’s a scene showing the passport of Neo expiring on September 11, 2001.

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3. 1981 Asbestos ad:

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4. 1979 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) ad:

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5. A really awful ad for Maker’s Mark Bourbon:

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6. An ad for an Israeli candy called Elite:

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7. 1997 FEMA Emergency Response to Terrorism booklet:

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The latest pop culture presage has to do with the current Ebola epidemic.

In 1987, the popular animated TV show The Simpsons had an episode in which Marge Simpson offered her son, Bart, who was sick in bed, a children’s book titled Curious George and the Ebola Virus.

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Are these mere accidental coincidences?

Are they instances of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung’s synchronicity? — temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events (i.e., the events are apparently not causally related) which reveal an underlying pattern or a larger framework.  If they are, what is the underlying pattern or larger framework?

Or are these not coincidences at all, but rather signs of a hidden hand manipulating events, which some attribute to the Illuminati or the shadowy Powers That Be?

What do you think? Sound off in our poll!

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Paging Emanuel, Sharpton and Jackson: Do you know what’s happening in Chicago EVERY weekend?

3 killed, 30 wounded in weekend shootings across city

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Chicago Sun Times: Three men were killed and at least 30 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since 2 p.m. Friday.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 6:15 a.m. Saturday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.  Jose Rios, 23, was walking with another person about 6:15 a.m. in the 4500 block of South Hermitage when a dark-colored van pulled up and someone got out of the passenger side and opened fire, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Rios, of the 4300 block of South Paulina, was shot multiple times and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:59 a.m., authorities said. Police said the shooting was gang-related.

About 10:15 p.m. Friday, a man was killed and two others were wounded in an Englewood neighborhood shooting. The three men — ages 25, 27 and 63 — were outside in the 5700 block of South Aberdeen when two people walked out of a gangway and opened fire, police said.

The 27-year-old, later identified as Malachi Baldwin, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene at 10:41 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Baldwin lived in the 5600 block of South Elizabeth, authorities said.

The 25-year-old was shot in the abdomen and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. The 63-year-old man was taken to St. Bernard Hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand. Their conditions had stabilized.

A police source said the man killed had documented gang ties.

The weekend’s first fatal shooting happened Friday afternoon inside a West Englewood neighborhood barbershop.  A group of people entered a business in the 1900 block of West 59th about 2 p.m. and someone opened fire, police said. Suitable Barber and Beauty Shop is listed at 1959 W. 59th St.

Deandre Ellis, 22, of the 5700 block of South Laflin, was shot in the chest and taken to Christ Medical Center, where he died at 3 p.m., authorities said.

A 44-year-old man also shot in the chest was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, and a 31-year-old man shot in the hand was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition had stabilized.

The most recent shooting happened early Sunday in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

Two men, both 19, were sitting were sitting in a parked vehicle in the 6300 block of South Seeley about 2:45 a.m. when a light-colored SUV pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said. The men drove themselves to Holy Cross Hospital.

One of the men was shot in the leg, and his condition had stabilized, police said. The other suffered a graze wound to the back of the head, and was treated and released.

At least 21 other people have been shot across the South and Southwest sides since Friday afternoon.

Also, two people were being questioned after a man was stabbed to death Saturday afternoon during a domestic incident in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side.

The 21-year-old man was stabbed about 3 p.m. in the 6500 block of South Minerva, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatality, but did not release additional information Saturday night. Two people are being questioned in connection with the stabbing, police said.

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Another deadly weekend in Chicago: Gangbanger kills 9 year old boy

2 killed, 26 others shot since Friday night

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SunTimes: A gangbanger on parole for a gun charge shot a 9-year-old boy as he searched for rival gang members, then fled and told his friends he “shot a shorty,” prosecutors said Saturday.

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Derrick Allmon, 19, of the 7400 block of South Shore Drive, was denied bail Saturday, along with three others charged with him: Jabari Williams, 22, of the 1900 block of North Sycamore Street, Hanover Park; Michael Baker, 19, of the 8100 block of South Wentworth Avenue; and Paris Denard, 19, of the 7300 block of South Dorchester Avenue.

All are charged with murder in the Aug. 20 shooting death of 9-year-old Antonio Smith in the 1200 block of East 71st Street.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Friday that Allmon shot the boy because he thought he was warning the rival gang members Allmon was after.

He said Allmon shot the boy after Antonio said a single word: “Hey.” Antonio was shot six times — in the chest, forearm, back, shoulder and hand.

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Allmon then threw his gun in a sewer and ran, according to police and prosecutors. In court Saturday, authorities said Baker picked up Allmon and drove him to Denard’s house, telling Baker in the car: “I just hit a shorty. I just hit a shorty.”

He also told Denard and others he had just shot and killed a child, prosecutors said.

At Denard’s house, Allmon urinated on his hands to try to get rid of the gunshot residue, then changed his shirt before returning home to check in with electronic monitoring. The shooting happened around 4 p.m. Under the terms of his parole, Allmon was allowed to leave home between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., prosecutors said.

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Authorities said the four had left Denard’s home earlier that day in two cars, going out in search of rival gang members, with Baker and Denard driving. Both drivers stopped when they spotted two rivals, authorities said, then Williams handed Allmon the gun and told him how to follow them into a back yard.

All four have given statements to the police admitting their involvement in the murder, according to prosecutors, who said the gun was found Thursday after Allmon revealed its location to police. It was tested by the Illinois State Police and found to be the murder weapon, prosecutors said.

Surveillance videos showed the suspects’ two cars in the area, they said.

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Allmon, Williams and Denard have criminal convictions, according to prosecutors. Allmon was sentenced to three years in prison for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a gang member and released on parole on Aug. 1.

Williams has two misdemeanor battery convictions.

Denard, convicted of possessing a gun as a juvenile, was also on parole at the time of Antonio’s killing.

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A good weekend in Chicago? Less than a dozen shot

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CBS Chicago: A 17-year-old boy was killed and 10 other people were wounded — including two people on the Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways — in shootings across the city since Friday night.

The teenage boy was fatally shot in the head Saturday afternoon in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood. He was shot shortly before 3 p.m. in the 3900 block of South Prairie, police said. The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:44 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. His name was not released Saturday evening pending notification of his family.

Police said the shooting is gang-related, and that the boy was a documented gang member.

The most recent nonfatal shooting occurred early Sunday on the Dan Ryan Expressway on the South Side. A man, whose age was not immediately known, was in a vehicle travelling southbound on Interstate 90/94 when he was shot near the 79th Street exit, Illinois State Police said. That person was taken to Christ Medical Center, but further information was not available.

Just two hours earlier, at 1 a.m., a male was shot on the Kennedy Expressway on the West Side. The male — whose age was not immediately known — was in a red Ford Mustang that was heading northbound on I-90 when he was shot near the Fullerton exit ramp, police said. That person was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, police said, but his condition was not available.

About 2:10 a.m., a 30-year-old man was shot in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. The man was shot in the leg and ankle in the 4100 block of West Adams, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where his condition had stabilized, police said.

On Saturday night, a 17-year-old boy and a man, 20, were shot in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. The boy and man were both shot in the leg about 7:45 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Kimball, police said. They were taken to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where both of their conditions had stabilized.

Two hours earlier, a man was shot and seriously wounded in the South Side Calumet Heights neighborhood. The 18-year-old man was shot “multiple” times at 5:45 p.m. in the leg in the 9200 block of South Clyde, police said. He was taken in serious condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, a man delivering fried chicken in the Washington Park neighborhood was shot during an attempted robbery on the South Side. The delivery man, 39, got out of his car to deliver chicken to a customer about 12:40 p.m. near South Prairie and East 57th, when a male approached, pulled out a gun and announced a robbery, police said. The would-be robber started shooting, striking the delivery man in the abdomen, police said. He then ran off without stealing anything.

The delivery man then went back to his place of employment, from where he was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, police said. He was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition had stabilized.

About 1:30 a.m. Saturday, two people were hurt in a shooting in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. A 23-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man were inside an establishment in the 1700 block of West 87th Street when someone outside opened fire, police said. A bullet grazed the woman’s leg and she refused medical treatment at the scene. The man showed up at Christ Medical Center with a graze wound to the head, and he was listed in good condition, police said.

The weekend’s first shooting happened about 11:10 p.m. Friday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. A 27-year-old man was standing outside in the 1700 block of North Mason when an unknown male walked up and opened fire, striking him in the arm and leg, police said. He was listed in good condition at West Suburban Hospital.

Additionally, police shot and critically wounded a man after he allegedly struck an officer with a car Saturday night on the West Side. Undercover officers driving an unmarked squad car stopped the suspect — a man thought to be in his 20s — about 10:15 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Lake as part of a narcotics investigation, police and Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.

After the stop, two officers exited their car, but the suspect accelerated and struck the police vehicle, according to a statement from Chicago Police. As a result, one officer was knocked to the ground, police said. The suspect then tried to flee — and almost ran over the fallen officer in the process — but was shot multiple times by police, according to police and Camden.

The male officer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition had stabilized, officials said. Police said the officer’s injuries were not life-threatening. The man shot by police was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, officials said.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting, spokesman Larry Merritt said.

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Quiz time: How many were shot in Chicago over the weekend?

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NBC Chicago: At least 22 people have been shot and several others stabbed in violent attacks across Chicago this weekend. Police said five people were fatally shot and two people were stabbed to death this weekend.

The weekend’s first homicide took place around 11:30 p.m. Friday when police found a man stabbed to death inside a home in the 5800 block of North Mobile Avenue. Officers were conducting a well-being check after neighbors reported a disturbance leading to a fight outside the home. Police arrived and found a 36-year-old man in the kitchen with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Around the same time, a 20-year-old man was fatally stabbed during a robbery attempt in the West Rogers Park neighborhood roughly 6.5 miles away. The man was standing near a park in the 6200 block of North Hoyne Avenue when a group of men walked up and demanded his cell phone. When the man refused, he was stabbed. The victim was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Around 3 a.m. Saturday police said a 64-year-old man was killed during an attempted robbery outside a store in the 1500 block of South Lawndale Avenue. The man was approached by two men who shot him while attempting to rob him. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.

Just after 4 a.m. Saturday,  a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest in the West Town neighborhood. The teen may have been a passenger in a vehicle at the time of the shooting, which took place in the 500 block of North Bishop, police said. The teen was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, but the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the teen died Sunday morning.

Two people were shot to death within an hour Saturday night.

Just before 9 p.m., three people were shot in the 7200 block of South Damen Avenue. A 19-year-old man was shot in the head and was initially transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious condition but was later pronounced dead, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

An 18-year-old woman was shot in the leg and a 22-year-old man was shot in the arm. Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.

Police said the three were standing at the corner of 73rd and Damen when a black sedan pulled up and a man got out and opened fire. Area South Detectives are investigating.

A little less than one hour later, officers were patrolling the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood when they reported hearing gunshots. The officers searched the area and found a 24-year-old man on the sidewalk in the 4500 block of South Evans Avenue. The man was unresponsive at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds to his body. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Just before 4 a.m. Sunday, a security guard shot a drunken man who attacked him after being asked to leave a restaurant in the 4500 block of North Kedzie Avenue. Police said the security guard asked a 47-year-old man to leave the facility and the intoxicated man returned a short time later armed with a knife. The man confronted the guard and attacked him, police said. The guard then shot the man. The man was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center and was later pronounced dead.

At least 11 people were wounded in shootings since Friday. Three others were hurt in a stabbing in the city’s Loop early Sunday morning.

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