Rifle shooting

An investigator scans the ground for evidence outside a home in the 8800 block of South May Street in the Gresham neighborhood. A woman here was shot with a rifle. (Peter Nickeas / Chicago Tribune / March 6, 2014)

A woman shot while inside a South Side home in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side late Wednesday night has died, authorities said.

Lavita Jones, 39, of the 8800 block of South May Street, was pronounced dead at 4:49 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.

She was shot in the 8800 block of South May Street around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said. 

At least six shell casings were found at the scene, marked by pieces of paper that surrounded a parked car.

A number of young men, one of whom identified himself as the relative of the woman shot, threatened a TV news crew at the scene at the time. Police intervened and both the family and news crew left.

The scene quieted down after the ambulance left and the family went to the hospital. Police at the hospital said the young men were not cooperating with investigators.

After the relatives left for the hospital, a small child walked down the stairs with a tactical officer who wore a red hoodie under her jacket.

"Come help, hon," she said to the child, who was wearing a black puffy coat with a fur hood and a blanket over his shoulders. Then the officer and another plain-clothes officer helped an older woman down icy steps. They walked to the car out front that was ringed with shell casings.

A man stepping back and forth across the threshold at the front door talked into a phone while police stood outside. "Man, they just shot the house up, she done got hit in the neck and the back," he said at the time.

A black unmarked police cruiser was stuck in the snow across the street, the tires spinning but the car not going anywhere until it got traction and drove under yellow tape toward 87th Street.

Detectives arrived at the scene just before midnight after first stopping at the hospital. The front door of the home remained open while a number of officers stood inside. Red and yellow tape webbed the street outside.

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