Police investigate four new murders during bloody 24 hours

The city’s homicide count increased by four in less than 24 hours since Monday morning — marking the most homicides the city has seen in a one-day period in more than two weeks.

The last time Chicago recorded more than four violent deaths in a 24-hour period was Oct. 9, when five people were murdered and an elderly woman was found stabbed to death in her North Side apartment.

The most recent murder occurred in the Logan Square neighborhood when 23-year-old Sheldon McCraven man was shot in the back about 4:35 a.m. Tuesday near his home in the 2600 block of North Sawyer Avenue, authorities said.

The shooting happened about a block from the Illinois Centennial Monument and the CTA Logan Square Blue Line station.

The Logan Square shooting was the latest murder in a bloody 24-hour span where four people were found shot to death.

Chicago Police spokesman Adam Collins said murders are down in 2013 compared to last year.

“While there has been less crime, fewer shootings and fewer murders in Chicago this year, there’s more work to be done and no one will rest until everyone in this city enjoys the same sense of safety,” Collins said via email.

The most recent wave of violence started when police found 54-year-old Todd Coleman dead with multiple gunshot wounds near his home in the 1200 block of West 72nd Street about 5:25 a.m. Monday, authorities said.

About 3 p.m. Monday, police found the body of 33-year-old Steven Noble inside a vehicle in the 3300 block of West 16th Street. He suffered a gunshot wound in his neck.

About 9:45 p.m. Monday, a friend found 48-year-old Gregory Daniel dead in his apartment in the 5300 block of West Adams Street with gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen.

Nobody has been charged for Monday and Tuesday’s murders.

“To reduce violence for the long-term, our state and our country need better laws to keep illegal guns out of our communities and punish the criminals who carry them,” Collins said.

— Safiya Merchant, Sun-Times Media Wire

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