The Chicago Death Toll in 2012 is now 272
The woman died as a result of her wounds received in a story I posted yesterday reported by WGNTV of a shooting that occurred in a park on the city’s South side. A 17 year old boy was killed at the scene of that shooting.
Chicago Tribune reports:
A mother of three young children became the second person to die from a gang-related shooting at a Southeast Side park that also left a 17-year-old boy dead, authorities said this morning.
The woman, Janeen Hancock, 34, was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Hospital at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, nearly an entire day after two males sprayed gunfire across Merrill Park near 96th Place and Merrill Avenue in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood.
Hancock, Alixi Johnson, 17, and two others were enjoying the warm, humid night in the small neighborhood park at about 10:18 p.m. when at least two gunmen exited a gangway and fired dozens of rounds, striking all four people, Chicago police said.
Police recovered more than 50 spent bullet casings that were a mix of handgun and rifle rounds, authorities said.
Hancock, who was with her aunt in the park, was shot in the abdomen and thigh. She was still talking and didn’t appear to be seriously hurt at first, her brother, John Hancock, told the Tribune on Tuesday.
By the time she reached the hospital, however, her condition had nose-dived and she was placed on life support, her brother said. At the time, relatives decided not to share Hancock’s condition with her three children, all under the age of 10, said Hancock, 25.