Shawndell Harris, Chicago Man, Among 2 Killed, 11 Injured In Thursday Shootings

'It's Senseless' 2 Killed, 11 Wounded Overnight In Chicago

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Two men were fatally shot and 11 others wounded, many critically, in gun violence over a bloody six-hour period in Chicago Thursday evening, on the city's South and West Sides.

Six men, ranging in age from 16 to 25, were wounded when two gunmen opened fire inside a convenience store in the 1400 block of West 79th Street around 6 p.m., the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Shawndell Harris, 22, of the 9100 block of South Perry Avenue, was pronounced dead on the scene of that shooting, which police believe may have been gang-related, according to the Sun-Times. Four of the five other males wounded in the shooting were hospitalized in critical condition.

Tasha Hudlun, mother of the 16-year-old male wounded in the shooting described the shooting as "crazy. … It's senseless killing, it's over something maybe really stupid, it's senseless," NBC Chicago reports.

"These are kids, these are kids that maybe have a future ahead of them. Kids are taking away from each other," Hudlun told NBC.

Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church was on the scene of the shooting.

"There is massive traffic on 79th Street at 6 o'clock in the afternoon. People on the street saw it, and people saw it in their cars," Pfleger told ABC Chicago. "People need to come forward now. If you really care about black kids getting shot, open your mouth."

Roughly an hour before the convenience store shooting, David Gulley, 31, was fatally shot across the street from where he lived on the 1600 block of 113th Place, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Later in the evening, four males standing in a parking lot around 10:30 p.m. in the 4100 block of West Roosevelt Road were wounded by gunfire when a car drove up, according to the Tribune.

Two other males were injured -- one in the buttocks and one in the leg -- in separate shootings, according to ABC.

Commenting on recent shootings last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, "Our streets do not belong to gang bangers." The mayor said that the Chicago Public Department is in the midst of working on a new, comprehensive anti-gang strategy it hopes will help curb crime.

No charges have been filed in any of the shootings as of early Friday.

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