Person found dead with gunshot wound after fire breaks out in house in Gresham

The 49-year-old man was found on the first floor of a residence in the 7900 block of South Elizabeth Street, police said.

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A man was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head after a fire broke out at a house in Gresham on the South Side early Wednesday.

The man, 49, was found on the first floor after emergency crews were called at 12:45 a.m. to a fire at the home in the 7900 block of South Elizabeth Street, Chicago police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was identified as Jermaine Waterman by the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy found he died of multiple gunshot wounds, with burn injuries and smoke inhalation as contributing factors.

There were no other reported injuries.

Chicago police said they were conducting a homicide investigation.

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