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Man shot dead while driving in Gresham — 4th shooting victim in the South Side neighborhood on Wednesday

A gunman in another car, possibly a silver SUV, opened fire in the 7900 block of South Ashland Avenue.

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A man was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon while driving in Gresham, the fourth person to be shot in the South Side neighborhood over 10 hours.

A gunman in another car, possibly a silver SUV, opened fire around 12:20 p.m. in the 7900 block of South Ashland Avenue, Chicago police said.

The man, 31, was shot in the chest and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the man as Everette Johnson III.

No arrest was made, police said.

Earlier Wednesday, police opened fire on a man who shot two people in a garage in the 8300 block of South Kerfoot Avenue. The man barricaded himself in a home but was gone when police entered it hours later.

And at 2 a.m., a 60-year-old man was shot and killed after answering his doorbell in the 2000 block of West 83rd Street. He died at the scene.

Gresham is located in the 6th police district, which has experienced a rise in shootings and murders this year. With 30 murders through June 6, the district is 7% above its murder count during the same period last year, according to police statistics.

Shootings are up 58% percent over the same time in 2020. The district has counted 122 shootings through June 6, compared with 77 shootings over the same time last year.

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