By William Lee
2:29 AM CST, January 23, 2012
Two men were shot and killed this morning as they sat in an SUV stopped at a traffic light in the Rogers Park neighborhood, Chicago police said.
The 26-year-old driver and his 27-year-old passenger were shot at about 12:46 a.m., causing the vehicle they were riding in to strike a tree in the 7600 block of North Sheridan Road, police said, citing early reports.
They were identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office later in the morning as Dion Miller, of the 6200 block of North Francisco Street, and Jonathan Bell, of the 7400 block of North Ashland Avenue.
Both men had been stopped at a traffic light when the shooting occurred, said Officer Ron Gaines, a police spokesman. But it appeared they attempted to drive off after being shot, but crashed a short distance away.
The driver Miller, who was shot in the leg, was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Early reports originally said he was in fair condition, police said.
Bell was dead at the scene.
Police didn't have a description of the shooter and didn't speculate on a motive for the double slaying as Belmont Area detectives begun their investigation.
No arrests had been made.
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