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Childhood in Chicago : Shootings leave 3 dead, including 16-year-old boy

A series of shootings Wednesday left three people dead, including a 16-year-old boy, and two others, including a 72-year-old woman, injured, Chicago police said. 

Shootings on Feb. 24, 2016, left three people dead, including a 16-year-old boy. Two others, including a 72-year-old woman, were injured, Chicago police said.
At 6:24 p.m., police were called to the 400 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a police spokesman. 

They found a 34-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sweeney, who added that the man was a gang member.

At 6:12 p.m., a 16-year-old boy was shot on the 5300 block of West Huron Street in the Austin neighborhood, Sweeney said.

The boy was shot in the chest and taken in critical condition to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he later died, Sweeney said. The boy was walking on the street when people approached him and fired before fleeing on foot, Sweeney said.

A 39-year-old man was found fatally shot Wednesday morning in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood, police said.

The man was found in the 1500 block of South Lawndale about 7:35 a.m., police said. He had been shot in the head, police said, citing preliminary information. He may have been killed during a robbery, police said.

The victim was identified as Shandale Neal, 39, who lived in the same block where he was killed, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office and public records. He owned a home in the block where he was killed, according to property records.

Officers loaded the body into a black bag and then into a squadrol instead of waiting for the body removal service as small groups of people stood at the edges of the crime scene and watched.

One man stood in the doorway of his home on Lawndale Avenue. The two homes adjacent to his, one built of red brick and one of brown, had their windows and doors boarded over. The house on the corner had burglar bars.

Onlookers left soon after police hauled the man's body away.

Someone found the body in an alley next to a vacant lot used half as a community garden and half as a dumping ground.

Detectives are investigating the death as a homicide, police said. No one was in custody. 

Frazier Preparatory Academy loomed over the vacant lot from across Lawndale Avenue, where children had hung art in windows on the upper floors.

The shooting took place in an alley next to a CPS Safe Passage Route. A dead raccoon lay between a dumpster and chain-link fence inside the crime scene.

Snow started to fall as police tore down the red and yellow crime tape. Long strands tangled in the branches of the trees that lined the vacant lot and blew in the wind.

As the last officers worked, some who had guarded the scene sped away to join a pursuit a few blocks to the west.

In other shootings:

A 72-year-old woman was shot at 6:55 p.m. on the 7200 block of South Sangamon Street in the Englewood neighborhood, Sweeney said. The woman was shot in the chest and arm and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, Sweeney said. The woman's condition was stabilized at Christ Medical Center, said Sweeney, adding that earlier information that the woman may have been shot in the chest was incorrect.

The woman was in her home was someone fired shots outside that broke through a window in her home, hitting her, Sweeney said.

At the scene, a half-dozen officers sifted through snow looking for evidence in the dimly-lit stretch of the 7200 block of South Sangamon Street, within a block of Bond Elementary School

Investigators went door to door, canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses as no one was outside, leaving the street quiet except for police tape flapping in the wind, a nearby home's wind chime and officers quietly murmuring amongst themselves.

A 24-year-old man was shot in the leg in the Gresham neighborhood about 3:40 p.m. The man was in the 8300 block of South Ada Street when he was attacked, Sweeney said.

At 6:30 p.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in Lawndale, police said. He was in the 4000 block of West Cermak Road when he was in the leg. He went to Mount Sinai Hospital and his condition was stabilized.
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