Park Manor shooting: Mom loses second son to gun violence

All through the afternoon Tuesday, Kimberly Common stood crying near the body of her oldest son Devin, the second son to be lost to gun violence in a little more than a year.

"It's in my face, it's all over," Common said of her pain.

Another son Antonio had been shot and killed in October 2011, and Common said she was still reeling from that loss when she heard Devin was one of three men shot in the 7500 block of South Champlain Avenue around noon Tuesday.

"I'm not even healed from that," she said, tears streaming down her face.

Just yesterday, she had visited her mother in the hospital and they talked about how much they miss Antonio, Common said.

Late this morning, Devin left the house to get coffee and never returned. "I'll be back, I'm going to the store," she said Devin told her as he headed out the door.  "That's what my (other) son said."

Devin's sister, Jermaka Common, 26, stood near her mother, crying softly as others embraced her. She said she last saw her brother Monday and told him she loved him.

"This didn't make no sense," Jermaka Common said. "For him to get gunned down like that, this is not fair at all."

The shooting happened around 12:10 p.m. near 75th Street and Champlain Avenue, but one of the victims was found in the 7500 block of South Langley, according to Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

Common was dead on the scene, according to family and Langford. The two others, both males, were taken in serious to critical condition to Stroger Hospital.

Police had one person in custody and were searching for another person, according to police, citing preliminary information. A gun was found under a bush about a block from where Devin's body lay.

Devin Common's brother Antonio Common, 23, was shot in the head and neck and found dead in an alley in the Park Manor neighborhood in October of 2011. Police said he was with two other people in the 7100 block of South Rhodes Avenue when he went into the alley and someone opened fire.

Just before 4 p.m., Devin Common's body was removed from the scene of the shooting and taken to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Less than two hours after Devin Common and the two other men were shot, another man, age 23, was shot and wounded in the back near 71st Street and King Drive, according to police. He was in critical condition when he was taken to an area hospital, said Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala. He later was in serious condition at Stroger Hospital, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien.

Two groups of young men had a confrontation about 1:40 p.m. and the man was shot. He was not cooperating with police.

Investigators collected numerous shell casings from the middle of the street.

Tribune reporters Liam Ford and Carlos Sadovi and photographer Terrence Antonio James contributed

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