By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
The first homicide of 2016 in Chicago happened in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood about 2:20 a.m. on New Years Day, claiming the life of a 24-year-old man, one of at least five people to die in gun violence last week.
In that first reported homicide of the year, Deandre Holiday, 24, got into a fight with someone in the 4600 block of South St. Lawrence and that person pulled a gun and fired shots at 2:20 a.m. Friday, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The shooter then ran away.
Holiday, of the 5100 block of South Indiana, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office.
A second person, a 38-year-old man, was also struck by the gunfire and later showed up at Provident Hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand, police said. He was listed in good condition.
A 16-year-old boy died about seven hours after he was shot Saturday in the South Side Woodlawn neighborhood.
At 4:47 p.m., Antwan McBee was in a car in the 6300 block of South Stony Island Avenue when another car pulled up and someone inside fired shots, according to the police and medical examiner’s office.
McBee, of the 4800 block of South Prairie Avenue, was shot in the head and shoulder, and took himself to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died just before midnight, authorities said.
A man was shot to death in Englewood on Friday night. About 9:40 p.m., 32-year-old Roderick Snowden was sitting in a vehicle parked in the 6100 block of South Sangamon when a dark-colored car pulled alongside and someone inside opened fire, police and the medical examiner’s office said.
Snowden, who lived in the 1200 block of Wadsworth Avenue in North Chicago, was shot repeatedly and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he later died, authorities said.
Another man died after he was shot on New Year’s Day in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side. Donzell M. Davis, 36, was shot in the chest in the 1900 block of West Garfield at 6:40 a.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office.
Davis was driven to 55th Street and Artesian before he was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 40 minutes later. An autopsy found he died of a gunshot wound to the back.
A 23-year-old man was shot to death late Tuesday in the Burnside neighborhood on the South Side. Xavier Thornton was getting out of a vehicle in the 9000 block of South Greenwood at 9:03 p.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office.
That’s when the driver fired shots at him before driving away, according to police. Thornton, who lived on the same block as the shooting, was struck in the chest and head, and was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, where he died about 90 minutes later, authorities said.