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At least 9 dead, 28 wounded in weekend shootings

Updated: August 27, 2012 5:46AM



The city saw another bloody weekend as nine people — including a teenager — were killed and 28 others were wounded in separate shootings since Friday evening.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Saturday defended the department’s anti-violence strategy, which he believes is taking root.

“We’re not winning, we’re not losing. We’re basically treading water,” McCarthy said. He said that in the month of August, “we had some trouble because some of these retaliatory shootings are happening quicker than we can stop them.”

The most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side.

Johnny Howell, 19, and a 23-year-old man were standing in the 600 block of East 67th Street when a vehicle pulled up and shots were fired about 2:50 p.m., police said.

Howell, of the 6700 block of South Langley Avenue, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he later died, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The other man was listed in serious condition, police said.

About 2:58 a.m. on Sunday, Rashad Pratt, 28, was found with multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle near the intersection of East 91st Street and South East End Avenue, the medical examiner’s office said.

Pratt, of the 9000 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, was dead at the scene, authorities said.

About 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, Christopher Spraggins, 20, and Aaron Gaithan, 18, were fatally shot in the 7900 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue, authorities said.

Spraggins, of the 300 block of East 76th Street, was dead on the scene in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, according to authorities.

Gaithan was shot in the leg and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead at 2:14 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. His home address was not known.

The same attack left a 17-year-old girl a gunshot wound to the back, authorities said, and paramedics took her to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in good condition.

About 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Stephin Wilkins, 23, was sitting in a vehicle with his girlfriend in the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard when two people walked up with a handgun and tried robbing him, police said.

Wilkins tried fighting the robbers and was shot multiple times, police said. Wilkins was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died, authorities said.

On Friday, a 17-year-old and three men were killed in separate shootings.

About 8:37 p.m., Jamel Clayton, 19, was shot in the head when a small red vehicle drove by in the 7800 block of South Champlain Avenue, authorities said. Clayton, of the 700 block of East 78th Street, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died on Saturday, authorities said.

About 8 p.m., Phillip McCall, 34, was shot twice in the back in the 8800 block of South Indiana Avenue, authorities said. McCall, of the 200 block of East 89th Street, was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, the medical examiner’s office said.

About 5:42 p.m., Lucian Dreux, 17, stood outside in the 7900 block of South Drexel Avenue when someone riding a mountain bike fired shots, authorities said.

Dreux, of the 8000 block of South Ingleside Avenue, suffered gunshot wounds to the face and abdomen, authorities said, and doctors pronounced him dead at Stroger Hospital.

A 42-year-old woman was also shot and was listed in good condition at Stroger Hospital, police said.

About the same time that Dreux was shot, 30-year-old Noah Cruz suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest in the 3000 block of South Wallace Street, authorities said. Cruz, of the 800 block of West 31st Street, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he later died, authorities said.

A total of 28 people were wounded in shootings since Friday evening. One of the youngest victims reported by police was a 15-year-old girl, who suffered a gunshot wound to the chest Friday night as she smoked marijuana in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side.

The girl and a teenage boy were hanging out in the 0 to 100 block of West 112th Street when the boy moved a gun and it fired, police said. Paramedics took the girl to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition, authorities said.

Police said the shooting appeared to be accidental.



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