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Man shot dead during argument in Avalon Park

Two men opened fire on the man after striking him to the ground on Stony Island Avenue, police say.

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Two gunmen shot and killed a man they were arguing with late Friday morning in Avalon Park on the South Side, Chicago police said.

One of the men struck the 26-year-old victim in his face, causing him to fall down at 11:40 a.m. in the 8300 block of South Stony Island Avenue, police said.

The men then opened fire and struck the man multiple times in his body.

He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center and pronounced dead, police said.

He was identified as Jeffrey King of West Town by the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy conducted Saturday ruled King’s death a homicide.

No arrest was made.

Shootings have doubled over last year in the 4th police district, which stretches from South Shore to Hegewisch. The district has seen 69 shootings this year through May 2, up from 39 during the same period in 2020, according to police statistics.

Murders have spiked 54% over last year in the district. Eleven people in the district have been murdered so far in 2021, a jump from the seven people murdered in the same period last year, according to the statistics.

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