Three men were killed and at least 16 others wounded during a violent nine-hour spree of shootings across the city that began late Tuesday afternoon.
The spike in violence occurred as temperatures climbed into the 80s and the city basked in the warmest weather yet this year. It also coincided with an announcement by police that the cityâ€™s troubling murder statistics were down 42 percent when compared to the same period of time last year.
Just after midnight Wednesday, the month of May rang in with gunfire when a 27-year-old man was mortally wounded in the South Shore neighborhood.
Darrin Rodgers, of the 6800 block of South Cornell Avenue, was shot in the chest on his own block about 12:10 a.m., authorities said.
Rodgers was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in grave condition, but died shortly thereafter, police said. His death was the first homicide in the month of May, according to the Cook County Medical Examinerâ€™s office.
About an hour later, a south suburban Riverdale man was found shot to death in a West Side alleyway.
The body of 23-year-old Pierre Howelett was found riddled with gunshot wounds to his face and body in an alley near the 1900 block of South Drake Avenue about 1:20 a.m., authorities said.
Earlier, one man was killed and two others were wounded during a gang-related shooting outside the University of Illinois at Chicago police station Tuesday night, authorities said.
The three men were near South Morgan and West Maxwell streets, in a parking lot across from the station, when a gunman approached and opened fire about 10:40 p.m., authorities said.
Tytrell Jackson, 19, was killed by a bullet that struck him in the armpit, authorities said. Jackson, a known gang member, was pronounced dead at 11:13 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examinerâ€™s office.
The other two men â€“ ages 19 and 21 â€“ suffered non life-threatening injuries after they were both shot in the thigh, police said.
The gunman fled west after the shooting and was not taken into police custody.
At least 14 others were wounded in shootings across the city since 4:30 p.m. Tuesday:
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