1 dead, 6 wounded in Thursday shootings across city - KMSP-TV

1 dead, 6 wounded in Thursday shootings across city

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

One man was killed and another six other people were wounded in shootings across the city Thursday, including an attempted murder-suicide in the Loop.

A recently demoted executive entered a Loop office building Thursday morning and shot the company’s CEO before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, authorities said.

The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. at the ArrowStream company on the 17th floor of a building at 231 S. LaSalle St., police said.

The company’s CEO, Steven LaVoie, 54, of LaGrange, was shot in the head and abdomen and in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.

The alleged shooter was identified as Anthony DeFrances, a 59-year-old employee who had been told on Friday that he was being demoted.

Just a few minutes earlier, the father of a 13-year-old boy who was shot dead last Friday was shot dead in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

Samuel Walker, 34, was running from an armed male who was shooting at him in the 4100 block of West Crystal Street at 9:23 a.m., according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

He was shot in the torso and head and pronounced dead on the scene, authorities said. Police said the victim had gang affiliations and the shooting was possibly gang-related.

Walker is the father of 13-year-old Samuel Walker, who was fatally shot last Friday when someone opened fire on a group in the 700 block of South California Avenue, authorities said.

The most recent non-fatal shooting happened about 11 p.m. in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

A 16-year-old boy was standing on a sidewalk in the 5400 block of West Iowa Street when someone walked up and opened fire, shooting him in the right thih and groin, police said.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stable early Friday.

Thursday evening, a man was shot in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

He walked into Swedish Covenant Hospital about 6:35 p.m. and told officers he had been shot in the back in the 3000 block of West Lawrence Avenue, police said. His exact age was not immediately known but his condition was stable at Swedish Covenant Friday morning, police said.

About noon, a man was shot in the South Chicago neighborhood.

A 24-year-old man was in the 8700 block of South Escanaba Avenue when a gunman walked up and fired several shots, police said.

The man was shot in the neck and back, and taken to Northwestern in serious condition, police said. The gunman fled in a gray SUV after the shooting.

Police said the victim is a documented gang member.

A separate South Chicago neighborhood shooting left a man hurt about 8:15 a.m.

The 20-year-old was shot in the arm about 8:15 a.m. in the 2900 block of East 83rd Street and taken to Trinity Hospital, where his condition had stabilized, police said.

Thursday’s first shooting happened at 1:10 a.m., when a man was shot in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side.

The 18-year-old was standing on the sidewalk in the 11100 block of South Edbrooke Avenue when he heard shots and felt pain to his buttocks, police said. He was taken to Roseland Hospital before he was transferred to Christ, where his condition had stabilized.

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