Chicago - Neighbors gunned down hours apart and miles away within the same day.
A woman was shot to death near her Southwest Side home Sunday night, hours after a man who lives on the same block was gunned down nearly nine miles away in the South Shore neighborhood, according to Chicago police.
Authorities were not saying if the two shootings were connected or if the two victims were related. The Cook County medical examiner's office said both of them lived in the 6000 block of South Richmond Street.
Catherine Barnett, 42, was shot just a few doors down from where the other victim, Jesse A. Bennett, 41, lived on the block of bungalows, according to police and the medical examiner's office.
Bennett was shot in the face around 3 a.m. Sunday after getting into a fight with another man in the 2700 block of East 75th Street in South Shore, police said. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police released no other details of the shooting. He lived in the 6000 block of South Richmond Street in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood.
Barnett was shot on the Richmond block around 8:20 p.m. Sunday, police said. A 37-year-old man was struck in the chest in the same attack, and another person suffered a graze wound to the nose.
Barnett was pronounced dead on the scene, and the 37-year-old man was in serious condition at Stroger Hospital, according to police. The person with the graze wound declined medical treatment and was not cooperating with investigators. No one was in custody.
Dozens of people gathered near the crime scene Sunday night. Crying relatives and friends filled the lawn of the home where a band of red crime scene tape cordoned off the front yard. Many others filled porches of neighboring homes.
Even with the large crowds, the block remained largely quiet, the soft sobs of family members breaking the silence. Eventually a woman's voice broke out, "Oh no! My baby!"
Nearby, a car of women who identified themselves as relatives cried.
"I can't believe she's dead," the woman in the driver's seat said. "She didn't want to be here. She wanted to be home."
A young man wearing a hoodie paused and held onto the fence of a nearby house. He wheezed as he fought against bouts of sobbing until another young man put his arm around him and they walked away together.
On the West Side, 24-year-old Juan Bahena was shot to death around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2400 block of South Western Avenue, according to police. Bahena was struck in the neck, thigh and buttocks and was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital. Bahena was the 500th person to die in a homicide in Chicagosince the beginning of the year, according to Tribune data.
Earlier, a woman and man were shot in separate attacks just minutes apart in the same Far South Side neighborhood Sunday morning, according to police.
About 9:50 a.m., a 20-year-old man reported being shot in the heel in the 10600 block of South Wentworth Avenue in Fernwood, police said. The man was walking to a store when he heard two shots and felt pain, police said. The man flagged down a passerby who drove him to Roseland Community Hospital, officials said. He was transferred to Mt. Sinai Medical Center in good condition.
About five minutes later, a 26-year-old woman was shot in the back in the 10100 block of South Princeton Avenue, also in Fernwood, police said. The woman was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was in serious condition, police said.
Another person had been shot the day before, about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, in the 10400 block of South Perry Avenue, police said. It wasn't clear whether the three neighborhood shootings were related, police said.
Other shootings Sunday through early Monday:
• On the West Side, an 18-year-old woman was shot in the legs around 1:20 a.m. Monday in the 3000 block of West Cermak Road in the Little Village neighborhood, police said. The woman was in a car when a black sedan pulled up and someone fired shots, police said. She went to Mount Sinai Hospital, where her condition was stabilized.
• On the Far South Side, a 47-year-old man was shot as he sat in a parked car in the 10100 block of South Racine Avenue in Washington Heights around 11:20 p.m. Sunday, police said. He was struck on the left side of his body and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said.
• On the Far South Side, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the 9200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue in the Burnside neighborhood, police said. About 2 p.m. the 17-year-old was shot in the leg and taken to Advocate Christ in serious condition, according to police. Additional details were not immediately available.