Chicago was hit with a burst of gun violence on the Fourth of July, with at least 21 people shot, one of them fatally, during an 11-hour stretch from Friday evening into Saturday morning, according to police.
That brought to 36 the number of people who have been shot in the city since the long holiday weekend began Thursday afternoon, when two women were hit by gunfire as they sat on a porch just a block from Garfield Park on the West Side.
A 30-year-old man was fatally shot in the Clearing neighborhood about 1 a.m.
Joel Bentley was pronounced dead at 5:46 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after being shot in the parking lot of a Walgreen’s at 63rd Street and Austin Avenue about 1 a.m.
The man was shot in the stomach and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said. Police believe the man was throwing gang signs and taking pictures when he was shot. Bentley lived in the 5000 block of South Keating Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The holiday shootings have stretched across the city but have been concentrated in the South and West sides. The Englewood and Harrison districts have both seen a handful of people shot over the last two days, and there have been shootings as far south as the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood at the edge of the city to the Rogers Park neighborhood bordering Evanston.
Three of those wounded were shot by police officers in Portage Park, Rogers Park and Englewood. The man shot in Portage Park, around 9:50 p.m., died.
In one of the shootings Friday night, gunfire was exchanged between cars in West Pullman on the Far South Side, injuring at least one person in each car, police said.
The shooting occurred around 10:50 p.m. near the 11700 block of South Union Avenue, police said. A 23-year-old woman was shot in the arm and back and was stable at Advocate Christ Medical Center. A 22-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and neck and was in serious condition at the same hospital.
Police said they were questioning at least one suspect.
Around the same time, three people were shot near the intersection of East 132nd Street and South St. Lawrence Avenue, in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood. One was shot in the head and another in the buttocks. The men, 24 and 26, were both taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said. The third man, 24, was taken to Roseland Community Hospital by a “good citizen” and transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said.
All three are expected to recover.
In other shootings:
• Someone shot a 26-year-old man in the 9600 block of South Avenue M in the East Side neighborhood about 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Paramedics told police the man, who had been a passenger in a vehicle when he heard gunfire, ran off and later turned up at Advocate Trinity Hospital.
The man was listed in good condition.
• A 23-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 5200 block of West Washington Boulevard about 5 a.m. Saturday. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a leg wound and was in good condition, police said.
• A shooting near the intersection of West Huron Streen and North Lavergne Avenue in the Austin neighborhood around 3 a.m. left a 33-year-old man in “guarded” condition. He was arguing with at least two people in a van when a person punched him and a second person shot him in the neck and back, police said. The man was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
• A Little Village shooting around 1:50 a.m. left a 35-year-old man in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. Someone in a passing car opened fire in the 2800 block of South Homan Avenue and hit the man five times. Someone drove the man to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.
• A 31-year-old man walked into Stroger Hospital with a shoulder wound after someone shot him in the 1800 block of South Allport Avenue in the Pilsen neighborhood. Police said the shooter opened fire from inside a passing car about 1:10 a.m.
• Two teens were shot just before 1 a.m. in the 5800 block of South Laflin Street in Englewood, police said. A 16-year-old was shot in the shoulder and was in good condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center. A second boy, 17, was taken to Saint Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center in good condition. Police said gang members had fired at the teens' vehicle and said the boys, who are not from the city, may have been mistaken by the shooters for rival gang members.
• A 17-year-old boy walked into Mount Sinai Hospital about 12:30 a.m. after someone shot him in the 4400 block of South Fairfield Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood, police said. The teen was expected to survive.
• A 26-year-old man was shot near the intersection of East 76th Street and South Oglesby Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood about 11:30 p.m. Friday. The man was dropped off at South Shore Hospital just before midnight with wounds to his body and right arm, police said. He was outside a house when someone walked up and started shooting. Police said the shooting may have been over a woman the 26-year-old’s brother was dating.
• About 11:15 p.m., someone shot a man two times in the leg in the 5100 block of West Wabansia Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood. The 26-year-old was in good condition when paramedics found him and he was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.
• Someone in a group of four or five people shot a 34-year-old woman in Englewood about 10:30 p.m. She was standing near 71st Street and Carpenter Avenue when someone down the block opened fire. She was in good condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said.
• About 9:50 p.m., a 26-year-old man shot himself in the leg in the 700 block of North Christiana Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. He was taken to Stroger Hospital.
• A 40-year-old man was grazed in the head by gunfire that police believe was from people celebrating around 9:15 p.m. He was outside in the 5000 block of North Kildare Avenue in the North Mayfair neighborhood when a bullet struck the top of his head. Police said the 40-year-old had his wound stitched up and was released from a hospital.
• An 18-year-old man was shot and seriously wounded in the Englewood neighborhood. He was shot about 6:30 p.m. in the 6700 block of South Wolcott Avenue, according to police. The man was shot in the stomach and back and was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in serious condition, said Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.
Tribune reporters Liam Ford and Rosemary R. Sobol contributed to this report.