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Police: Robber killed in exchange of gunfire, 2 others killed on South Side

By Peter Nickeas and Carlos Sadovi

Tribune reporters

10:38 AM CST, December 11, 2013

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A man trying to rob a South Side cell phone store Tuesday died after an exchange of gunfire with the store clerk as another man inside broke his ankle trying to escape the shootout, according to police.

Police say 25-year-old Demarcus Brandon tried to rob the store, in the 1700 block of East 87th Street, but was shot dead by the clerk about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Brandon was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Police found a handgun they believed to be his.

Police said there was an exchange of gunfire between Brandon and the clerk, though it’s not clear who shot first.

Brandon was paroled from the Shawnee Correctional Center this summer, where he had been serving concurrent 3-year and 13-year sentences, according to Illinois Department of Corrections and Cook County Court records.

The 13-year sentence stemmed from an incident in Chicago in which Brandon was charged with armed robbery with a firearm, armed violence, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, gun possession, aggravated fleeing from police, and having either a rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches or shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches.

That case, and the one that ended with a 3-year sentence, both ended in plea deals, according to court records. He was credited for about 20 months time served and admitted to IDOC custody in September 2008.

His projected parole discharge date was in July of 2016, according to IDOC records.

Two others died and two others were wounded in other South Side shootings Tuesday afternoon.

A 30-year-old man was pronounced dead in the Morgan Park neighborhood after someone shot him about 4:40 p.m., said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien. He was shot in the 11200 block of South Ada Street, O'Brien said. 

The Cook County medical examiner's office identified him as Kevin Johnson, of the 100 block of South Ashland Avenue.

The victim got into a dispute with a group of teenagers, and when he walked away from them, one of them shot him in the head, O'Brien said. The shooter was last seen running north and then west through a gangway on 112th Street.

In addition to that shooting two men were shot Tuesday afternoon in the South Shore neighborhood, one fatally, officials said. The shooting happened in the 7100 block of South Paxton Avenue at about 12:20 p.m., according to Chicago police and fire department officials.

A 21-year-old man was initially listed in critical condition but was later pronounced dead at 2:52 p.m. The 22-year-old man was in serious condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, officials said. The 21-year-old was identified as Deonte Womack of the 6900 block of South Paxton Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The two were attacked on the street by three armed men or boys, who fired multiple shots at the two. The younger man was struck in the head, neck and shoulder, while the man who survived was struck in the shoulder and hand.

Later Tuesday, a 30-year-old man was shot in the calf in the 4700 block of South Indiana Avenue about 9:55 p.m. Authorities found him in an apartment on that block with the wound and he was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition.  

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