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Man fatally shot in front of Chatham convenience store

The man died after someone approached him in the 500 block of East 79th Street and shot him in the chest.

Chicago police work the scene where a 44-year-old man was shot and killed in the 500 block of East 79th Street, in the Chatham neighborhood, Saturday, July 24, 2021.
Chicago police work the scene where a 44-year-old man was shot and killed in the 500 block of East 79th Street, in the Chatham neighborhood, Saturday, July 24, 2021.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

A man was shot and killed as he stood in front of a 24-hour convenience store Saturday evening on a busy street in Chatham on the South Side.

Theodore Smith was shot in the chest in the 500 block of East 79th Street by someone who walked up to him with a gun about 8:15 p.m., according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The 44-year-old was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The man was an employee of the store and was smoking a cigarette when he was shot, a person at the scene told the Sun-Times. “He was standing out there like he always is, and they shot him.” according to the person, who asked not to be identified.

The phone number listed on the store’s sign had been disconnected.

No one was in custody.