Two teenagers were killed and 24 others were wounded during a city night filled with gun violence.
The youngest victim, Richard Modell, 17, died from his wounds after being shot along with a friend as the two went to meet a girl in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side Saturday night.
Richard Modell, 17, may have been targeted due to a feud between two rival gangs, one of which police say he belonged to. He and the 18-year-old were on their way to meet a girl when someone walked up and opened fire in the 6300 block of South Rhodes Avenue just before 9:30 p.m., according to police.
Modell died after being taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in “extremely critical” condition with a gunshot wound to the chest. Modell lived about three blocks south of where he was killed, a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
The other teen, 18, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds; his condition was not available. Responding paramedics found both of them in the street.
Police said they don’t have any reason to think the older of the two affiliates with a gang and believe he may have been shot because he was with Modell.
About 4:30 a.m. Sunday, an 18-year-old man was fatally shot in the chest on the 5300 block of South Calumet Avenue, officials said. The shooting occurred in the Washington Park neighborhood. The man was pronounced dead at 5 a.m. at Stroger hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. No further information was immediately available.
Those two teenagers were the fourth and fifth persons killed since Friday night. The others were a 73-year-old man sitting on a stoop with a friend, a 34-year-old man getting ready to celebrate his brother’s birthday, and a 20-year-old woman in a “domestic” incident.