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Boy, 17, shot dead in Avalon Park: 'Killing each other over nothing'

By Deanese Williams-Harris and Terrence Antonio James

Tribune reporters

10:29 PM CDT, August 29, 2013

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A 17-year-old boy was killed and a man in his 20s was wounded within 30 minutes of each other in separate shootings on the South Side this afternoon.

The teen was shot around 1 p.m. in the 7900 block of South Avalon Avenue in the Avalon Park neighborhood, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 1:59 p.m., according to the medical examiner's office.

Hours after the shooting, shell casings were still lying on the front steps of the building where the teen was shot, next to a pool of blood that was cordoned off by crime tape.

A neighbor close to the scene heard the gunfire as he was standing in his backyard.

"I ran to the front and saw someone was shot," said Cardell Dawson, 47. "It appeared as if he was shot in the head but he was still breathing, but faintly.

"These young people need to stop and see what's really going on in other parts of the world, like Egypt and Syria," Dawson said. "It's just sad they are killing and shooting each other over nothing."

The shooting occurred about three blocks from where a 35-year-old man, Dwan Long, was shot and killed around 9 p.m. Thursday.

About 30 minutes before the teen was killed, a 23-year-old man was shot in the 6400 block of South May Street in the Englewood neighborhood, Estrada said.

The man suffered wounds to his buttocks and leg and was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where his condition was stabilized, said Estrada.

The shooting happened about a block away from an elementary school, but Estrada said the shooting did not occur on a Safe Passage route.

As of 1:55 p.m., no one was in custody for either attack.

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