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Police: Man shot to death after West Englewood party

Staff report

4:05 PM CDT, March 16, 2014

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A 35-year-old Indiana man was killed when someone fired into a South Side home after a party late Saturday night, police said.

The man, from Gary, had been attending a party in the 2000 block of West 67th Street in the West Englewood neighborhood when a fight broke out involving several people, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

A male suspect left the home after the fight and returned soon after, firing a gun through a window into the home about 11:20 p.m., according to police. The 35-year-old, identified as Michael Stewart, of Gary, was struck in the head and was pronounced dead on the scene at 11:45 p.m. He died from a gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner's office determined following an autopsy Sunday.

No suspects were in custody early this morning as detectives investigated.

In other overnight shootings:

• About 3:15 a.m., a 48-year-old man was shot as he stood on the sidewalk in the 4300 block of West Cermak Road in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, police said. After hearing gunfire and realizing he was shot, the man ran into a nearby nightclub; the shooter or shooters meanwhile continued firing at the nightclub door, without hitting him again or hitting anyone else, police said.

The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the thigh, police said. His condition was stabilized.

• About 8:55 p.m. Saturday night, a 27-year-old man was dropped off at Rush University Medical Center with a superficial gunshot wound to the back.

The man, described by police as "extremely uncooperative," said that he had heard gunfire in the 300 block of South Cicero Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Sideand realized he was shot. The man said he did not know the person who dropped him off at the hospital.

He was transferred to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he was treated and released. Police did not find a crime scene on the block where the man said the shooting happened.

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