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Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
Emmanuel Camarillo

Gunmen kill 2, wound 3 in ‘targeted home invasion’ in South Shore neighborhood

Five people were shot, two fatally, Jan. 23, 2023 in the South Shore neighborhood. (Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/ Sun-Times)

Two people were killed and three others seriously wounded when gunmen opened fire in an apartment in South Shore on Monday afternoon, a shooting that police officials said was targeted.

The attack occurred about 1:45 p.m. in the 2900 block of East 78th Street, according to Chicago police and fire officials.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, a woman 25 to 30 years old, and a man about 25 years old, according to preliminary information from police. The woman was shot in the head and the man in the back.

Three other people were taken in critical condition to University of Chicago Medical Center, according to fire officials. Police said all of the victims were adults.

One of the victims drove half a mile to a McDonald’s, where police and paramedics were called. The man had been grazed in the neck and shot in the back and arm, police at the scene said.

Red police tape surrounded the McDonald’s, which appeared to have closed for the day. Employees who walked out of the restaurant declined to speak to a reporter.

Deputy Police Chief Sean Loughran described the shooting as a “heinous crime” that happened during “a targeted home invasion,” though he provided few details as detectives continued to investigate.

“I can’t discuss the motive because it’s unique to the crime itself. … What I can say specifically is it does not appear to be a random act,” he said, later adding: “I say targeted because I don’t want the public to feel that this was just a random act of violence.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if the victims all lived in the apartment where the shooting occurred. Detectives are probing whether the victims have any relationship to the attackers, Loughran said.

He said police officials were canvassing the neighborhood in an effort to find witnesses and video evidence that could help the investigation. Loughran urged anyone with information to call Area 2 detectives, adding that a $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. 

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