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Man shot to death in Avondale is 2018’s first reported homicide in Chicago

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A man was found shot to death in a crashed car early Monday in the Avondale neighborhood on the Northwest Side, marking the first reported homicide in Chicago in 2018.

About 2:20 a.m., 51-year-old Janusz C. Kolodziejczyk was driving a Toyota Camry south on Pulaski when it crashed into a fence in the 3900 block of West Cornelia, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Kolodziejczyk had suffered a gunshot wound to his back and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He lived in the Schorsch Village neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

No one was in custody as Area North detectives investigated the shooting.