4 Dead on Scene of Fernwood Attack, 3 Others Wounded in Chicago Shootings


Four people were shot dead on the scene of a apparent domestic related attack and three other people including a 9-year-old were wounded during Saturday shootings on the South and West sides.

The quadruple fatal shooting happened about 12:40 p.m. in the 100 block of West 105th Street at a home in the Fernwood neighborhood, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago police spokesman.

At least five ambulances were sent to the scene after officers were alerted by an anonymous call that several people were shot there, police said.

Three men and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene, and a woman in her 20s was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, officials said.

Earlier information stated a 2-year-old toddler was wounded but that information was incorrect. Officials later said the child was taken to Roseland Community Hospital for observation, said Jeff Lyle, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.

Lyle said all of the shooting victims were in their 20s.

At a news conference about a half block from the scene of the shootings and with more than a dozen relatives looking on, First Deputy Police Supt. Kevin Navarro said authorities received an anonymous 911 call of five people shot at the home. Once they arrived they found two female victims outside of the home — one dead, the other critically injured. Inside, police found three male victims dead, Navarro said.

The two female victims were found on the front porch.

Police did not provide ages or relationships for any of the victims, but said the shooting appeared domestic-related.

Police also found a two-year-old child who was unharmed. The child was taken to a hospital for observation.

“At this point the case is still unfolding,” Navarro said. “We have more questions than answers.”

Family says at least four people lived in the house but they’re tight lipped about who the shooter is, but confirmed he escaped in a red truck.

Navarro said a weapon was not recovered at the scene. Police were expected to be at the scene for much the night as forensic specialist comb through the home for details.

Police were also expected to check for any past incidences of trouble at the home, Navarro said.

After the news conference, relatives of the suspected dead struggled with the tragedy, saying they still didn’t know which of their family members were killed as authorities hadn’t yet released the identities of the dead.

They suspected that one of their cousins was among the dead because he had not answered the phone all day.

“(Why would) somebody do something like this? Just another senseless act of violence,” said Melvin Jackson. “This is a massacre, man. Who would do something like this?”

Police offered no information about the gunman.

As word of the deaths spread, family members began to arrive at the crime scene, some in thin jackets, waiting behind the crime scene tape waiting for news about their loved ones.

Relatives said neighbors told them that they didn’t hear gunshots but did see a red truck speed backwards up the one way street just before the child fled the home.

About 10 minutes before the Fernwood attack, a 21-year-old man was seriously wounded outside of a funeral home on the West Side. Two people were in police custody in that attack, officials said. The shootings were not related.

Most recently, a 9-year-old boy was shot and seriously hurt on the West Side about 4:25 p.m.

Paramedics were called to the 5900 block of West Rice Street in the Austin neighborhood for the boy who had been shot. Police said the shooting was accidental and self-inflicted.

The boy was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where he was listed in serious condition.

No one was in custody for the 105th Street slayings, and police were investigating.

Source: Chicago Tribune | Deanese Williams-Harris, William Lee