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One man shot, another fatally struck by fleeing vehicle in Austin

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One man was shot and another man was fatally struck by a vehicle Saturday afternoon in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

Two people in a gray Jeep fired shots about 12:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of North Central, and a 63-year-old man was struck in his upper, left arm as he stood on the sidewalk, according to Chicago Police.

Once the shots rang out, a 20-year-old man ran out of a nearby courtyard to escape the shooting, police said. He suffered minor injuries to his chin, right hand and wrist. It was unknown how he injured himself, but he was not struck by gunfire and refused medical attention.

At that same time, 56-year-old Darris A. Washington was struck by a Ford Escape that fled the scene of the shooting, police said. Washington was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead at 1:09 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

An autopsy showed he died of multiple blunt force injuries from being hit by the SUV, and his death was ruled an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Police said it was not immediately known whether the vehicle, which has been located, was involved in the shooting. The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating the incident.