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Man killed in overnight Lawndale shooting

Officers responding to calls of gunfire found him lying next to a vehicle early Thursday in the 1400 block of South Avers Avenue.

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A man was fatally shot early Thursday in Lawndale on the West Side — the second person killed in the neighborhood in less than a day.

Officers responding to calls of gunfire found him lying next to a vehicle around 2:40 a.m. in the 1400 block of South Avers Avenue, Chicago police said.

Anthony Patrick, 25, had gunshot wounds to his chest and neck, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No arrest was made, police said.

On Wednesday, another man was killed in a shooting just blocks away. Kevin Starks, 24, was shot in his head while inside a vehicle about 6:40 p.m. in the 1600 block of South Christiana Avenue. He died at the scene.

The North Lawndale community area has experienced a spike in homicides this year. The area has recorded 29 homicides so far this year, compared with 18 during the same period in 2020, according to a Sun-Times analysis.

Only one other community area in Chicago has seen more homicides this year: The Austin area with 32.

Read more on crime, and track the city’s homicides.