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3 Dead, 8 Wounded in Thanksgiving Weekend Shootings

At least three people were killed and about eight others injured as the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend began in Chicago.

Seven of those shootings happened on Thursday alone, authorities said. 

The first fatal shooting of Thanksgiving took place just after 1:30 a.m. Thursday in the 7100 block of South Hermitage. Police said a 38-year-old man was shot in the head while driving a vehicle through an alley.

According to authorities, the man and a woman, who was a passenger in the car, were traveling southbound through the alley when they saw three men.

The driver exchanged words with the men and moments later one of them pulled out a gun and shot him, authorities said.

The woman was able to get out of the car and flee the scene unscathed. Police said she was not cooperating with investigating officers, however.

A second deadly shooting happened just before 1:30 a.m. Friday. An 18-year-old man was shot under the left armpit while sitting in a vehicle in the 7500 block of St. Lawrence.

Police said someone walked up to the teen with a handgun and announced a robbery. The teen refused and was shot. He was taken to University of Chicago Hospital in serious condition and was later pronounced dead, according to authorities.

Hours later Friday, a 22-year-old man was fatally shot in the 10000 block of South Avenue M. Few details have been released on what happened, but police say the man was shot in his body and was treated at the scene in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, officials said. 

At least eight others were shot so far this long holiday weekend.

WEDNESDAY

  • A 27-year-old man was shot in the left leg after someone in a red pickup truck opened fire on him while he drove in a vehicle in the 4300 block of West Wrightwood. Police said the man was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in stable condition.
  • A 19-year-old man was shot in the thigh when two people walked up to him around 7 p.m. in the 500 block of North Lavergne. The teen told police the gunmen fled in a red-colored van. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

THURSDAY

  • A 31-year-old man was shot in the leg while walking just after 1 a.m. on the sidewalk on the city’s South Side. Police said the man was walking in the 7100 block of South Hermitage when someone in all black clothing emerged from a gangway and opened fire. The man was treated at Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition had stabilized as of Friday morning.
  • About three hours later, a shooting closed down outbound Interstate 290 between Ashland and California Avenues. Police said one man was injured and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with non-life threatening injures. A bullet hole could be seen in a car with its windows also shot out. 
  • Just after noon, a 23-year-old man was shot on the sidewalk in the 1800 block of West Maypole. Police said the man was standing in the area when someone opened fire from a vehicle and shot him in the left leg. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition.
  • About 3:45 p.m., police said a 22-year-old man was shot in the chest by a security guard in the 300 block of East 47th Street. Authorities did not say what led to the shooting, but the man was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
  • A 24-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen and took herself to Mercy Hospital after being shot at 5 p.m. while driving in the 4500 block of South King Drive. The woman was driving northbound on King Drive when she said someone in a dark-colored sedan with tinted windows pulled up and began firing shots at her. Police said Area Central detectives were investigating.
  • Five hours later, another 24-year-old woman was shot in the 4700 block of West Warwick. Police said the woman was with a group of acquaintances who were standing on the sidewalk when they became involved in a verbal altercation with three other people. Police said one of those people pulled out a gun and began firing at the group. The friends at the scene would not cooperate with police, authorities said.

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