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6 dead, at least a dozen wounded in less than 24 hours in Chicago

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Aug. 23, 2012 - Chicago, IL, USA - United States - Paramedics treat multiple gunshot victims in the 7800 block of south Essex Avenue, August 23, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois. (Credit Image: © Devlin Brown/Chicago Tribune/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Six people were killed and at least a dozen wounded in shootings that started Friday afternoon in Chicago and continued Saturday, police say.

The Chicago Tribune reported that on Saturday afternoon two masked assailants opened fire in the Chatham neighborhood on the city’s south side.

A 20-year-old man died at the scene and an 18-year-old man shot in the leg and lower arm died later at a hospital, officials said. A teen girl wounded in the shooting was in serious condition, they said.

The gunman ran off and got into a car after the shooting, police said.

About 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, a man later identified as Stephin Wilkins was fatally wounded during a robbery in the South Side Kenwood neighborhood. Wilkins, who is in his 20s, was sitting in a vehicle with his girlfriend when two men with a handgun tried to rob them, police said. Wilkins was shot trying to fight the robbers, police said.

Late Friday night, also in the Chatham neighborhood, Phillip McCall, 34, was shot twice in the back and died later at a hospital, officials said.

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Late Friday afternoon, The Associated Press reported, 17-year-old Lucian Dreux was fatally shot and a 42-year-old woman nearby was wounded in the thigh by a mountain bike rider in the city’s South Side Grand Crossing neighborhood, police said. Motives were unclear and witnesses were not cooperating.

Also late Friday afternoon, 30-year-old Noah Cruz was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, the AP said.

Early Saturday morning a man was shot on a South Side street by a passenger in a passing SUV; a woman and two men outside a North Side engagement party were wounded in a drive-by shooting; a man was wounded in a North Side alley; and a man in the West Side was shot by one for four assailants, all of whom fled on foot afterward.

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Other shootings Friday included a South side drive-by that left a man with a head wound, an attack by a gunman that injured two 19-year-old men; and a South Side shooting that left a man and woman, both in their 30s, injured. A 15-year-old girl smoking pot in the Roseland neighborhood was shot and critically wounded accidentally, police told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chicago has seen a rise in homicides this month.

Nineteen people were shot late Thursday and early Friday, NBCChicago.com reported. Thirteen of those were shot over a 30-minute period.

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