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Two women dead, three children seriously injured in South Side shooting

Two women dead, three children seriously injured in South Side shooting

Two women dead, three children seriously injured in South Side shooting

Two women and an 8-year-old boy were killed and two toddlers were left in critical condition Thursday after multiple shooters opened fire at a home in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, according to Chicago police.

At approximately 6:15 a.m., officers responding to a ShotSpotter gunshot detection alert as well as 911 calls found the women, ages 42 and 24, along with the children, ages 5 to 8, all wounded inside the home in the 7100 block of South Woodlawn, according to CPD Deputy Chief Don Jerome.

Officers provided first aid, but Nakeeshia Strong, 42, died at the scene, Jerome said during a news conference near the scene.

Capri Edwards, 24, died at the University of Chicago Medical Center, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

The children were taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition. Police said they were 5, 7 and 8 years old, but a relative said one of the children is 6 years old.

The 8-year-old boy was pronounced dead Thursday night, police said.

The relative told the Sun-Times that he was inside the home at the time of the shooting and identified his mother, brother and cousins ​​among the victims.

“I heard popping noises and came out of my room and saw my 6-year-old brother with gunshot wounds on his body,” said the relative, who declined to share his name.

“I went out into the living room and my cousin was lying down and not even responding,” she said. “My mom was face down and my little brother was in my mom’s room fighting for his life.”

Residents gather Thursday morning in the 7100 block of South Woodlawn, where five people were shot, including three young children.

Residents gather Thursday morning in the 7100 block of South Woodlawn, where five people were shot, including three young children.

A preliminary investigation suggested two vehicles approached the home, several shooters got out and fired shots into the house, Jerome said, adding it could have arisen from a personal dispute.

Jerome said shell casings from a rifle and a handgun were recovered at the scene. Investigators were reviewing surveillance video and looking for possible license plate numbers from vehicles seen speeding away from the scene.

No one was arrested.

Hours after the mass shooting, officers investigated as family members, violence prevention workers and neighbors gathered on the block.

Strong’s 19-year-old son, Frank Mixon, said he was “lost in emotion” and called her “the love of my life for sure.”

“She was an amazing woman. Nobody taught me how to get it done and work as hard as she did,” Mixon said across the street from where the shooting occurred.

Mixon said he and his mother had spent time a few days earlier talking about his college basketball career.

“This is just a setback, a big setback for me, but if my mother were here, she would tell me the same thing: ‘Accept it and move on.’”

Police said it was not clear who the target of the attack was.

Councilman Desmon Yancy (5th Ward) said the area around the block is “a relatively quiet community and not accustomed to this type of violence.”

“Personal conflicts and guns are a bad combination,” Yancy said. “My heart bleeds for this community.”

Mayor Brandon Johnson said his office will coordinate with police and Yancy to provide resources to the victims’ families and friends.

“On behalf of the City of Chicago, we extend our deepest condolences to the families and community of Grand Crossing who are grieving the lives lost in the shooting that took place this morning,” Johnson said in a statement. “We will continue to coordinate with our partners at the Chicago Police Department, Ward 5 Alderman Desmon Yancy, and victim services partners to support this community on the path to healing from this tragic incident.”

Police asked anyone with information to send it anonymously to CPDtip.com.

The shooting capped a brutal start to the July 4 holiday weekend in which at least five other people were injured in separate attacks across the city.

Contributor: Cindy Hernandez