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Man killed in Park Manor drive-by shooting

Verndell Smith was outside in the 7400 block of South King Drive when a gunman opened fire from a passing silver SUV.

A woman was shot September 13, 2021 in Englewood. Sun-Times file photo

A man died in a drive-by shooting late Wednesday morning in Park Manor on the South Side, Chicago police said.

The 32-year-old was outside in the 7400 block of South King Drive when a gunman opened fire from a passing silver SUV, possibly a Dodge Journey, about 11:20 a.m., police said.

The man was hit multiple times and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

He was identified as Verndell Smith by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

No arrest was made.

The city’s 3rd police district — which covers Park Manor, Woodlawn and South Shore — has seen a 70% increase in shootings this year compared to the same period in 2020. Police have responded to 63 shootings this year through May 21, compared with 37 shootings in the same timeframe last year, according to police statistics.

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