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6 killed over 24 hours in Chicago, 10 others wounded by gunfire

Terrence Antonio James, Deanese Williams-Harris and Madeline Buckley, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO -- The two women sprinted to the car, clutching their phones and looking back at two ambulances sitting in the middle of the South Side street.

"Where is it going?" one of them yelled as she tugged on the door handle.

"U of C," the other replied, getting into the car.

The car backed down the street, followed by one of the ambulances that tore through crime tape around the scene of a shooting that wounded three people late Wednesday, including a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl.

Officers found the three around 10:30 p.m. while responding to reports of gunfire in the 7200 block of South Green Street in the Englewood neighborhood, police said.

All three were taken to University of Chicago Medical Center. The girl was in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the head. The boy was shot in the leg and a 21-year-old man was shot in the arm. Both were stabilized.

The shooting happened during a deadly 24-hour period in Chicago when at least six people were killed. Another 10 people were wounded between Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

The toll is more than double last week's numbers during the same 24-hour period, which fell on the Fourth of July holiday. Seven people were shot, none fatally, as the police department deployed extra officers for the holiday.

Shortly after the triple shooting, three men were killed in separate attacks within an hour of each other, according to police.

The first happened around 11:15 p.m. in West Rogers Park when a 19-year-old man was shot in the ear and cheek. He was standing outside in the 2400 block of West Jarvis Avenue when the shooters approached and fired, police said. He was pronounced dead at Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.

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