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1 dead, 7 hurt in shootings on South, West sides

Updated: April 23, 2013 7:58AM



A 15-year-old boy who was found shot to death less than four blocks from President Barack Obama’s home was one of eight victims of gun violence across the city Monday night.

Cornelius German was found lying in the backyard of a home in the 5000 block of South Evans Avenue with a gunshot wound in his back about 9:40 p.m., authorities said.

German, of the 1000 block of East Hyde Park Boulevard, was pronounced dead at the scene at shortly after his body was discovered, authorities said.

Police said German was affiliated with a gang. No one was in custody early Tuesday as Area Central detectives investigated.

The Obamas’ home, in 5000 block of S. Greenwood Avenue, is in the adjacent Kenwood neighborhood and lays a little under a half-mile from the spot German’s body was found.

Seven other people were injured in acts of gun violence Monday night, including four of the men who were shot by a lone gunman while they gathered on an Englewood porch and three were injured in drive-by shootings.

About 4:15 p.m. Monday, a gunman sneaked down a gangway in the 5700 block of South Lowe and opened fire on the four men — ages 19, 30, 32 and 34 — on the porch. The gunman then fled, according to police, who said the motive for the shooting was gang-related.

Two of the men, ages 30 and 19, were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with gunshot wounds in their legs. Police said the other two — one shot in his chest, the other in his stomach and arm — were taken to Stroger Hospital.

About 8 p.m. Monday, two men were injured in a gang-related drive-by shooting in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, police said. A 23-year-old man, who police said has a gang affiliation, was wounded in his leg while walking near 79th and Peoria when a gray SUV pulled alongside and a passenger in the back seat fired several shots. A 21-year-old man who was on a nearby sidewalk was shot in his stomach.

Officers think the second man was not the gunman’s intended target. The shooting occurred two blocks from the 6th District police station.

Both men were taken to Stroger Hospital, police said.

About 9:10 p.m. Monday, a 33-year-old man was hit in his leg in a drive-by shooting in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. The man told police he was standing in the 1000 block of North Massasoit Avenue when a gunman in a gray vehicle opened fire. The man was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, police said.

Police said no one was in custody for any of the shootings.



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