Man shot in head outside child care center in West Pullman dies

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Police investigate the scene where a man was found with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday night in the 100 block of West 119th Street. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

A man died Wednesday evening after he was shot in the head earlier this weekin the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.

Deshawn Wakefield, 24, was found lying on the sidewalk and unresponsive at 10:04 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of West 119th Street, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Wakefield, who lived on the block, was walking down the street when a male standing in an empty lot nearby fired shots at him, police said. He fell to the ground witha gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Hewas taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

A window at a local child care center, Laughs and Giggles Children’s Academy, wasshattered Sunday night by the gunfire. Located at 106 West 119th Street, the centerprovides child care and Head Start programs for children ages six months to 12-years-old.

Area South detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.

Police investigate the scene where a man was found with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday night in the 100 block of West 119th Street. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Police investigate the scene where a man was found with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday night in the 100 block of West 119th Street. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Police investigate the scene where a man was found with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday night in the 100 block of West 119th Street. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Police investigate the scene where a man was found with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday night in the 100 block of West 119th Street. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

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