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Suspect in fatal Walgreens shooting turned himself in: police

Sircie Varnado was shot inside a Walgreens June 12 in the 4800 block of West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago police said.

The suspect in a fatal shooting at a Walgreens in Cragin surrendered to police on June 19, 2019.
The suspect in a fatal shooting June 12, 2019, at a Walgreens in the 4800 block of West Fullerton Avenue surrendered to police on June 19, 2019.
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A man wanted for the fatal shooting of a woman last week at a Northwest Side Walgreens turned himself in to police on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old surrendered Wednesday evening at the Calumet District police station, 727 E. 111th St., police said. He is being questioned by Area North detectives, and charges are pending.

At 11:30 p.m. on June 12, the armed man arrived at the store, 4817 W. Fullerton Ave., and started tussling with 46-year-old Sircie Varnado, authorities said. After she fell to the ground, he shot her in the face, police said.

Varnado was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital. An autopsy confirmed she died from the gunshot wound, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Store employees told police the shooting stemmed from a possible shoplifting incident, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

A Walgreens spokesman wrote in a statement: “We are committed to providing a safe environment for our employees, patients and customers in the communities we serve.”