WEEK IN REVIEW: Eight shot dead throughout the city

Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

Eight people were shot to death throughout Chicago last week.

The week started with four consecutive days without a murder, but ended in a flurry of gun violence. Three people were shot dead on Friday, two on Saturday and two more on Sunday.

Seven of the killings happened on the South Side, including two in the Auburn Gresham community.

The most recent murder happened in Auburn Gresham when Brion M. Dowdell allegedly shot 18-year-old Deandre Barber on a sidewalk in the 8000 block of South Elizabeth Street about 2:40 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.

Baber, of the 7300 block of South Winchester Avenue, was shot in the head and died at the scene, authorities said.

Dowdell was charged with murder and is expected in court later Monday.

In the West Pullman neighborhood, 29-year-old Maurice Coleman was fatally shot while walking with a friend in the 400 block of West 117th Street just after midnight Sunday, authorities said.

Coleman, of the 11000 block of South Lowe Avenue, was shot in the head and chest and died about 20 minutes later at Roseland Community Hospital, authorities said.

On Saturday, 66-year-old Herbert Goode was fatally shot in the chest during an apparent robbery about 2 p.m. in the 2300 block of West 57th Street in the Gage Park neighborhood, authorities said.

Goode died less than an hour later at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

In the New City community, 18-year-old Michael Munoz was walking in the 1700 block of West 46th Street when a gunman exited a van and fired at him multiple times about 12:40 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. The shooter then got back into the van, which drove away, police said.

Munoz, of the 6000 block of South Kolmar Avenue, died at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County less than an hour later, according to the medical examiner’s office.

About 2:45 p.m. Friday, 53-year-old Cleotha Brooks was found in his home in the 0 to 100 block of East 104th Place with a fatal gunshot wound to the face, authorities said. An autopsy ruled the death a homicide.

In the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, 34-year-old Robert Udrow was shot in the chest and legs just after 9 a.m. Friday in the 8000 block of South Sangamon Street, authorities said.

Udrow, of the 5300 block of North Linder Avenue, died about two hours later at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the medical examiner’s office.

In the Back of the Yards neighborhood, 46-year-old Theresa Spearman was fatally shot during a domestic dispute that also left her 25-year-old daughter wounded in the 5400 block of South Laflin Avenue about 12:05 a.m. Friday, authorities said.

The daughter got into an argument with her boyfriend, and Spearman attempted to intervene, authorities said. The boyfriend shot both women and fled.

Spearman, also of the 5400 block of South Laflin Street, died at Stroger Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office. The daughter was shot multiple times and was initially taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, police said.

The killings started Thursday afternoon when Alexander Scott allegedly shot Eric Woods inside his West Garfield Park home.

Scott, 29, allegedly confronted Woods inside his home in the 900 block of South Springfield Avenue and shot him in the chest about 4:20 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

Woods, 25, died at Mount Sinai Hospital less than an hour later, according to the medical examiner’s office. Scott, of the 2200 block of North Campbell Avenue, was charged with first-degree murder and ordered held without bond.

Overall, the medical examiner’s office has ruled 49 Chicago deaths in 2014 homicides — including two people killed by police. Chicago Police, which counts murders different, has ruled at least three of those deaths involuntary manslaughter or justified self-defense.

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