Crime briefs: Humboldt Park and Belmont Cragin shootings

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] 27-year-old man was shot in the foot last Friday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

“Our victim said he was walking down the sidewalk when he heard gunshots and began to run,” said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

The shooting happened around 12:15 p.m. in the 3700 block of West Ohio Street. The victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital by an acquaintance and was in good condition at press time but the victim was unwilling to help identify who shot him, police said. At press time, no one was in custody for the shooting.

On Sunday afternoon Luis Zuniga, 44, was fatally shot in the head around 2:20 p.m. Zuniga was pulling into his driveway in the 2800 block of North Lotus after coming home from church and was shot at while exiting his white minivan, police said.

The shots came from someone in a parked vehicle nearby that drove off after Zuniga was hit. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Zuniga died of multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

At press time, Estrada said police were still investigating the fatal shooting and no one was in custody.

And on Monday Walter Velez, 26, was fatally shot around 12:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of North Merrimac Avenue. Velez was standing in an alleyway with friends behind his home when a gunman yelling gang slogans approached the group on foot and opened fire, police said. Velez was wounded and taken to Loyola University Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said a bullet struck Velez in the eye and ruled the death a homicide. At press time no one was in custody and police were investigating.

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