Boy, 16, killed during rolling gunfight that ends with crash outside Lakeview High School

Update October 8 — Authorities identified the victim as Joseph Christopher Sunpongo of Albany Park.

Update October 5 — A surveillance camera posted near Lakeview High School captured the sound of at least 50 shots being fired as the shootout ended. (Link)

Update 7:41 a.m. — In an updated statement, CPD said the victim is a 16-year-old boy. They have also changed the address of occurrence from the 2400 block of West Cuyler to the 4000 block of North Ashland. CWBChicago’s original report follows.

Police found shell casings littered across a nearly mile-long stretch of Irving Park Road after the occupants of two vehicles apparently shot at each other while riding through North Center and Lakeview late Monday.

Officers found one of the vehicles crashed outside of Lakeview High School with its passenger dead, its driver gone, a gun in the car, and more than 20 shell casings at the scene, according to initial reports. Bullet holes were seen in the school’s windows.

Monday’s shootout occurred along the same stretch of Irving Park Road where another possible rolling gun battle ended with a woman dead after her car was struck by one of the shooters’ vehicles, according to police.

Police began receiving calls of shots fired near Irving Park Road and the Chicago River around 10:50 last night. Responding officers found a stolen white Jeep bearing separately stolen license plates crashed on the corner of Ashland Avenue and Irving Park Road.

Its passenger, an unidentified man of unknown age, was unresponsive with four gunshot wounds, including one to his head, a CPD report said. An officer at the scene said a spent shell casing was resting on his shoulder. Doctors pronounced him dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center a short time later.

Police said in a media statement that he was shot by someone who was riding in a Dodge sedan. The occupants of the cars may have been exchanging gunfire, according to the police department.

The driver of the Jeep got out of the crashed SUV and ran away, according to CPD’s statement. Witnesses said he ran north on Ashland. Some witnesses also reported seeing another car stop to pick up two more people who got out of the SUV.

In addition to nearly two dozen shell casings found at the crash scene, officers reported finding ten shell casings at Irving Park and Rockwell Street, more casings at Irving Park and Campbell Avenue, and still more at Irving Park and Marshfield Avenue. CPD listed the 2400 block of West Cuyler as the official address of the incident.

Area Three detectives are investigating the shooting.

On Sunday morning, a 37-year-old woman died when a vehicle police said may have been involved in a rolling gunfight along Irving Park Road collided with the SUV she was riding in.

The impact threw Janelle Gardner from the car at Irving Park and Western Avenue around 3:03 a.m. Her driver was taken to a hospital with injures that police said were not life-threatening.

The occupants of the car that struck them climbed into an SUV that stopped to pick them up. No arrests have been made.

Dispatch records show a CPD canine officer saw the occupants of a car shooting at another vehicle as they sped westbound on Irving Park Road from Damen Avenue moments before the crash. Police initially announced that the occupants of a Toyota Camry and a black sedan were shooting at each other, but the department later backed away from that statement and said they were not sure if shots came from two vehicles or only one.

Area Three detectives are also investigating Sunday’s case.

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