A 15-year-old boy was among three people shot and killed in separate incidents on Chicago's West Side Monday.
Ed Cooper was shot just after 5 p.m. in the East Garfield Park neighborhood and was pronounced dead at an area hospital less than an hour later.
An unidentified family member of the victim told police the teen boy was playing a ballgame at the playground of Laura Ward Elementary School (formerly Ryerson Elementary) at 646 N. Lawndale Ave. when he was shot, the Tribune reports.
Less than 15 minutes after the shooting that killed Cooper, 30-year-old Georgina Randell was shot repeatedly in her stomach in the 1600 block of South Drake Avenue according to DNAinfo Chicago; she was pronounced dead at an area hospital a short time later.
Police were able to take the shooting suspect into custody after a brief standoff in which the suspect barricaded himself inside a home; WGN reports the suspect may have been Randell's boyfriend.
Monday's first homicide came at 3:20 p.m. in West Garfield Park when 20-year-old Marquise Chandler was shot to death while sitting in a van parked at a gas station at South Pulaski Road and West Congress Parkway. The Sun-Times reports another vehicle pulled up and someone fired shots into Chandler's van. The 20-year-old was pronounced dead at an area hospital ten minutes later.
Three more people were shot Monday on the heels of a staggeringly violent Fourth of July weekend that left at least a dozen people dead and more than 60 wounded citywide.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Monday he was "disappointed" with the high homicide and injury numbers from the long holiday weekend but nonetheless insisted his crime-fighting strategies are “clearly working," saying year-to-date shootings have dropped 25 percent while the homicide rate has sunk 29 percent, according to the Sun-Times.
During a Monday news conference, the city's top cop still conceded, “There’s still an unacceptable amount of violence in this city."
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