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6 Dead, At Least 15 Hurt In Weekend Violence

CHICAGO (STMW) -- Six men are dead and at least 15 other people, including two teens, have been wounded in violence throughout the city since Friday night.

Five of the dead were fatally shot, while a sixth was stabbed to death, authorities said.

The first fatal shooting of the weekend claimed the life of a Springfield man and wounded three other men when gunfire erupted about 6:20 p.m. in the 4200 block of South Wells Street.

Shooters emerged from a vacant lot and started firing at men on a porch. Two men were wounded, but the bullets also went through the window of a building, striking two men who were sitting on a couch, killing one of them, neighbors said. William Lee Martin, 30, of Springfield, was dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

The slaying came less than 10 minutes after another shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, in the 1100 block of West 51st Street, where two 19-year-old men were wounded.

About 7 p.m. Friday, police found a man who in a vacant apartment in the South Side Chatham neighborhood who had been shot to death. Police responded to the apartment in the 8200 block of South Dobson Avenue about 7 p.m. and found the 32-year-old man unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. Timothy E. Kinds, of the 1100 block of East 81st Place, was dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner's office.

About 9:30 p.m., an Uptown neighborhood shooting killed one man and critically wounded two others. Police said the three were standing on the sidewalk in the 5000 block of North Winthrop Avenue when two shooters approached and opened fire. Aswell Selmon, 46, who lived in that block, was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 9:59 p.m. He was shot in the thigh, abdomen and buttocks, police said.

Another man, 32, was shot in the knee and ankle. The third man, 29, was shot in the knee, abdomen and shoulder. Their conditions had stabilized as of early Saturday, according to police.

This shooting happened about two hours after another shooting two blocks away on Winthrop. About 7:15 p.m. on the 5200 block of North Winthrop Avenue, a 23-year-old man was shot in both legs by a man who walked up to him, took out a handgun and opened fire, police said. He was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital, according to police. That shooting had earlier been reported by police as having occurred in the 2900 block of North Woodard Street.

At 11:09 p.m., gunfire from a passing light-colored sedan killed a 33-year-old man in the 6100 block of South Morgan Street in the Englewood neighborhood. Tremayne Franklin, 33, was shot in the head and died at the scene. Police think the attack may be gang-related.

The night's lone stabbing homicide happened about 12:25 a.m. in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood, in the 1200 block of South Sawyer Avenue, police said.

Marlon L. Vaughn, 28, of the 3400 block of West Douglas Boulevard, was stabbed in the chest and pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 1 a.m., authorities said.

About 2:30 a.m., a 29-year-old man was found dead inside a vehicle with a gunshot wound in the 300 block of West 37th Street in the Armour Square neighborhood, police said. Authorities identified him as Walter K. Pate, of the 13900 block of Dearborn Street in Riverdale.

Others wounded in gun violence this weekend included a 14-year-old boy shot in the leg, and a 16-year-old girl grazed in the chest while she was standing on the sidewalk. Both were in good condition Saturday morning.

About 4:15 a.m. on Saturday, a 30-year-old man was wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. The man was in the 1500 block of North Springfield Avenue when someone in a passing car yelled out a gang slogan and opened fire, police said. The victim was shot in the back and taken to Stroger Hospital in fair condition, police said.

About 3 p.m. on Saturday, two people, ne male, one female, were shot in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The shooting happened in the 4800 block of West Fulton Street, police said. The victims' ages were not immediately known. They were both taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and their conditions were not immediately known, according to Fire Media Affairs.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


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