WEEK IN REVIEW: Seven shot dead throughout Chicago

Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

At least seven people were shot to death last week throughout Chicago.

Five of the murders happened over the weekend, when 21 other people were shot and wounded. All the weekend slayings happened on the South Side.

The last murder of the weekend happened about 7:20 p.m. Sunday when 34-year-old Ovadiyah Chandler was fatally shot in the 5600 block of Everett Avenue in Jackson Park near the Museum of Science and Industry, authorities said. A 41-year-old man was also wounded in the shooting.

In the Roseland neighborhood, officers found a male shot in the chest in a gangway in the 11100 block of South Lowe Avenue about 7:40 a.m. Sunday, police said. The victim’s identity has not yet been released.

In the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, 23-year-old Stanley Levy was shot in the 7200 block of South Wentworth Avenue about 3:05 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. Levy, of the 100 block of West 126th Place, died at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

On Saturday, 15-year-old Dekarlos Scott was standing on a corner in the 100 block of West 109th Street when a vehicle approached and the occupants shot him about 10:05 p.m., authorities said. A 16-year-old boy was also wounded in the shooting.

Dekarlos, of the 100 block of West 110th Street, was shot in the head and died at the scene, authorities said.

In the Morgan Park neighborhood, 23-year-old Taurus Williams was fatally shot near South Homewood Avenue and West 111th Street about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.

Williams, of the 300 block of West 100th Street, was standing in a group when he was shot in the chest, authorities said. He died less than an hour later at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the medical examiner’s office.

On Thursday, 18-year-old Demarcus Boswell was shot in the face and chest in the 2800 block of West 71st Street about 4:50 p.m., authorities said.

Boswell, of the 3300 block of West 65th Street, died at Holy Cross Hospital less than an hour later, according to the medical examiner’s office.

On Tuesday, 30-year-old Daniel Jones was shot in the head in the 3900 block of West Washington Boulevard about 4:45 p.m., authorities said.

Jones, of the 4100 block of West Wilcox Street, died at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County less than an hour later, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Additionally, 51-year-old Maurice Wooden died Tuesday from injuries suffered in a May 20, 2013, shooting in the 9600 block of South Halsted Street, authorities said. Police said the attacker kicked in a bedroom door and shot Wooden, of the 1600 block of Edgewood Drive in Danville.

Nobody has been charged in any of the murders.

However, 19-year-old Erick A. Lopez was charged with reckless homicide for allegedly being drunk when he crashed into 58-year-old construction worker Jose Tafoya early Saturday in the 4900 block of South Western Avenue.

Overall, the medical examiner’s office has ruled at least 177 Chicago deaths in 2014 a homicide — including seven people killed by police.

Additionally, the state’s attorney’s office filed first-degree murder charges against a speeding motorist who killed an off-duty police officer while trying to flee police even though the autopsy ruled the death an accident.

Chicago Police, which counts murders different, have ruled some of those homicides as involuntary manslaughter, justified self-defense or accidents.

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