Murders this Week: 3; Murders this Year: 36
Published: February 26, 2014
The slowdown in the murder rate continued last week, even as police shot another suspect—their fifth this year—outside the city shelter Friday afternoon. The as-yet unidentified man reportedly had been inside the shelter, and police were called for a robbery. Police said the man had a gun he would not drop. He was hospitalized in critical condition. Police said the two officers involved in the shooting were Officer Edward Mendez, a 14-year veteran, and Officer Jacqueline Fillion, who has been on the department for three years. Neither had ever shot anyone before, police said.
Friday, Feb. 21
4:24 p.m. Someone shot Terrence Woodard, a 28-year-old African-American man, in the head as he stood on the 400 block of North Patterson Park Avenue, about six blocks from where he resided on the 500 block of North Castle Street. He died a half-hour later. Police say someone walked up to him, shot him, and ran away.
Sunday, Feb. 23
9:10 p.m. Police called to the 5100 block of Cordelia Avenue in the Langston Hughes neighborhood found a man lying on the ground, shot in the head. Hospital staff pronounced him dead soon after. His identity was not released, pending identification and notification of his family.
Monday, Feb. 24
12:07 a.m. Less than three hours later and seven miles away in Westport, a man was shot in the back on the 2400 block of Wilgrey Court. He was taken to the hospital and died within the hour. Police don’t know what happened, and at press time they had not yet released his name or age.
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