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19 hurt in 7 overnight shootings in Chicago

Nineteen people were wounded in at least seven shootings within eight hours overnight Thursday in Chicago, police said.

Eight of them, mostly teenagers, were struck in what's believed to have been a drive-by shooting around 9:15 p.m. Police were patrolling the area when they heard the gunfire at 79th Street and South Essex  Avenue.

Two 14-year-old boys, a 15 year-old boy, two 16-year-old boys and a 19-year-old woman were taken to area hospitals in fair to serious condition. A 28-year-old male was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

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An investigation led police to a nearby motel at 81st Street and Stony Island Avenue. A SWAT team was called as police thought the shooter was barricaded in a room. Nobody was inside, and no one was taken into custody. 

Community activist Andrew Holmes said some of the victims aren't cooperating with police.

"The persons have been struck by gunfire, they need to step up and speak up for us," Holmes said. "Nine times out of 10, they knew who was firing the shot at them."

Holmes said a police camera at a nearby intersection caught a silver car leaving the scene.

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