10 shot, 2 fatally, in Brighton Park

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - Ten people were shot, two of them fatally, on Sunday evening in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

The shooting wounded eight people and killed a man and his sister about 5:15 p.m. at Rockwell Street and 46th Place, according to Deputy Supt. Kevin Navarro.

Michael A. Williams and Adriana Williams, both 27, were both shot multiple times, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Michael Williams was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Adriana Williams was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:57 p.m. Both lived in the Little Village neighborhood.

A 19-year-old woman was shot in the right leg and a 25-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to the right hip and right elbow, police said. They were both taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Six more people were listed in good condition at Stroger Hospital, police said. A 23-year-old man and two 26-year-old men were all shot in their right legs; another 26-year-old man was shot in both ankles; a 25-year-old woman was shot in the right arm; and another 23-year-old suffered bullet fragment wounds in his right leg.

At a brief press conference Sunday night, Navarro said: "This evening at approximately 5:15 p.m., we had another brazen act of gang violence on the streets of Chicago. The people shot were participating in a memorial for a subject that was murdered earlier in the day and during this memorial, two subjects came out of an alley east of the location on 46th Place and opened fire with rifles."

Police said the shooters were masked and may have left the area in a light-colored van or SUV.

The shooting is thought to be gang-related retaliation for a homicide earlier Sunday in the same block, police said.

About 4:30 a.m., officers responded to a call of a person shot in the 2500 block of West 46th Place and found 26-year-old Daniel Cardova unresponsive on the ground between two parked cars, police said. He had been shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The morning murder, Navarro said, also was a gang-related shooting, and also involved an assault rifle.

"I am thankful today that no innocent lives were lost, no children were shot, no police officers were shot," said Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th).

Lopez said the Sunday afternoon shooting marked "the second time in a week we're here tonight talking about assault weapons being used in our communities. Last week we seen assault rifles used on police. Today they're used on gang members in the Brighton Park community. In broad daylight. On a Sunday."