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Officials: 2 dead in Fernwood shootout

By Rosemary Regina Sobol and Adam Sege

Tribune reporters

6:45 AM CDT, October 17, 2013

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Two men are dead after a shooting on the Far South Side Wednesday afternoon, according to police and fire officials.

Two others were injured by gunfire in shootings elsewhere in the city Wednesday night.

About 3:25 p.m., a 22-year-old man and 28-year-old man were shot dead in the 10500 block of South Lafayette Avenue, police said.

Police believe the men may have been shooting at each other, though detectives are also investigating whether any other people were involved, police said.

Two ambulances were sent to 105th Street and Wentworth Avenue for a shooting, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford, who confirmed the men died on the scene. That address is about three blocks west of Lafayette.

The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the dead as William Aikens, 28, and Martellis Griffis, 22. 

Griffis lived where he was shot - in the 10500 block of South Lafayette Avenue. Aikens lived in the 1700 block of North Lotus Avenue and was shot at Griffis' home but collapsed and died in the 10500 block of South Perry Avenue, a spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said. 

Later on the South Side, about 7:30 p.m. a man was shot in the 2100 block of South Ashland Avenue, police said. The 19-year-old was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

He was in an alley with another man when the pair heard shots. Four shell casings were found nearby and police said a man with long hair was seen running from the scene. Police suspect that a rivalry between two gangs, one of which the 19-year-old affiliates with, led to this shooting. 

Just after 8 p.m. on the North Side, a man walked into a Walgreen's in the 1500 block of West Fullerton Avenue bleeding from gunshot wounds to his chest, hip and leg.

The 29-year-old was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center but it's not clear where he had been shot because he wouldn't cooperate with investigators, police said. 

The man has been arrested dozens of times, including on charges of robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated battery to a police officer and a handful of drug-related arrests. 

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