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The week in West Side crime

Five injured in Austin, W. Garfield Park, N. Lawndale; man charged with double homicide; more
Laquan King, 20, was charged earlier this month in the August shooting deaths of two men. | CPD.

West Side shooting victims reported by Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times | Thursday, Oct. 1 through Friday, Oct. 9

Oct.1: Male, 56, in Austin

“At 3:45 p.m., a 56-year-old man was critically wounded in the North Austin neighborhood, police said. He was getting out of a car in the 1400 block of North Lorel Avenue when someone inside opened fire. He was shot in the chest, abdomen, back and left arm and taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, according to Officer Hector Alfaro, a Chicago police spokesman.”

Oct. 2: Male, 19, in Austin

“At 12:45 a.m., a 19-year-old man was shot in the South Austin neighborhood.  He was on the sidewalk in the 4800 block of West Madison Street when he was hit in the arm, according to Officer Ron Gaines, a Chicago police spokesman. His friend took him to Rush University Medical Center, and he was later transferred to Stroger Hospital. His condition was stabilized.”

Oct. 5: Two males, 30 and 16, in West Garfield Park

“Three men and a 16-year-old boy were wounded in shootings on the Southwest and West sides Monday night, authorities said. The boy was shot in the buttocks around 7:15 p.m. Monday in the 4000 block of West Monroe Street in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, according to Officer Alfaro. Police said the teen was on the street when he got into an argument with someone who took out a handgun and shot him, police said. The boy was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, Alfaro said.”

Oct. 6: Male, 25, in North Lawndale

“A man was critically wounded Tuesday in a shooting in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. The shooting happened in the 1400 block of South Kostner just after noon, according to police. The 25-year-old victim was shot in the abdomen and left side, police said. He is listed in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. Police said the shooter ran from the scene.”

[Sun-Times] Mark Clay charged with fatally shooting Cory Fisher, wounding teen in West Garfield Park

“Mark Clay, 20, was charged with murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm in connection with the Aug. 21 shooting, according to Chicago Police.

“Clay got into an argument with Fisher and a 16-year-old boy on the street in the 3800 block of West Lexington about 6:12 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.”

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[Sun-Times] Two West Side men face charges related to rash of heroin overdoses 

“Two men were arrested on drug charges over the weekend amid a wave of heroin overdoses on the West Side that saw 74 people hospitalized in three days last week.

“Alfonzo Sylvester, 24, and 26-year-old Mario Wofford sold heroin to an undercover police officer about 11:15 a.m. Friday in the 3900 block of West Congress, according to Chicago Police.”

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[CPD News Affairs] North Lawndale man charged with double homicide 

On Oct. 7, a 20-year-old North Lawndale was charged with two counts of first degree murder.

“Laquan King was arrested after he was identified as the person who fatally shot two males on August 16, 2015 at approximately 9:45 p.m. This incident occurred on the 1600 block of S. Springfield Avenue. The two victims were playing a dice game when King approached on foot and fired shots. A 16 year old male was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to the head. He later succumbed to his injuries. The second victim, a male 19, was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. He was later pronounced. King was charged accordingly. No further information is available at this time.”