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Person of interest questioned after fatal Lake View shooting

Detectives are questioning a person of interest in connection with the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old southwest suburban man in Lake View early Saturday.

Kevin O. O’Malley was shot twice in the chest during a fight with another man about 2 a.m. in the 900 block of West Oakdale and pronounced dead at the scene, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. O’Malley lived in the 10600 block of Palos West Drive in Palos Park.

An officer at the scene said the shooting might have stemmed from an armed robbery for a cell phone.

Police said on Saturday afternoon that a person of interest was being questioned about the attack. No charges had been filed as of 1 p.m.

The shooting happened near the 2900 block of North Sheffield Avenue, where a slew of popular bars and restaurants line the street. The man’s body was located in an alley directly underneath CTA train tracks, leading one area worker to speculate why he didn’t hear any gunshots.

“The train comes and goes and it’s loud,” one area worker said, who declined to give his name. “It’s crazy something like this would happen here.”

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) sent an email to area residents Saturday morning to alert them about the shooting. He said there were multiple eyewitness accounts of the incident and that he would update residents as more information becomes available.

“I will continue to work with our Chicago Police Department and neighbors to do everything we can to keep our streets safe,” Tunney wrote in the email.

Both the Diversey and Wellington Brown/Purple Line CTA stations were closed as a result of the shooting | George Slefo/Sun-Times