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2 women killed, 3 children critically hurt in Chicago South Side shooting, police say


CHICAGO (CBS) — Two women were killed, and three children were critically hurt after a mass shooting in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood Thursday morning, according to Chicago police.

Deputy Chief Don Jerome said around 6:15 a.m., officers responded to an alert of shots fired in the 7100 block of South Woodlawn Avenue, where they found five people shot.

The victims were two women, identified by the family as 24-year-old Capri Edwards and 42-year-old Nakeeshia Strong, and three boys, ages 5, 7, and 8. They all had gunshot wounds and were given first aid by the officers.

Strong died at the scene. Edwards was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she died.

The victims were two women, identified by family as 24-year-old Capri Edwards (right) and 42-year-old Nakeeshia Strong (left), and three boys, ages 5, 7, and 8. They all suffered gunshot wounds and were given first aid by the officers. 

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All three children were taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

Two cars pulled into the area. Several people got out and fired shots from a rifle and handgun at the home. 

The shooters fled the scene in an unknown direction, and no one is in custody.

“I’m just numb”

Markita Scott, Edwards’ mother, told CBS News Chicago that her daughter died trying to save her children. Scott said Edwards was not only her daughter but also her best friend.

“She shielded her babies so that he wouldn’t get hit,” Scott said. “So she really died to save her children.”

Scott described Strong as a mother, grandmother, aunt and a very loving person.

“I’m just numb,” Scott said. “I just want somebody to come forward with some kind of information so [there’s] justice for my daughter.”


2 woman killed, 3 children wounded in mass shooting on Chicago’s South Side

Police said they were investigating into the possibility of the shooting stemmed from a personal dispute.

One neighbor said he heard the shots and ran to his window.

“Thought it was fireworks, it wasn’t fireworks. Two people jumping off the porch they had masks on so I couldn’t even see no face they took off and they went right. They went straight down. I go to run back in the house to get away from that,” he said. 

Ald. Desmon Yancy (5th) called for an end to the violence and says he prays it doesn’t happen again. 

“This senseless violence has to stop. Personal conflict and guns its become a bad combination. You know, the summer is just getting started. I don’t want to stand in front of another group of microphones and have another discussion about the pain that’s causing our communities,” Yancy said.

Area detectives are investigating the shooting. Anyone with information can submit an anonymous tip to CPDTip.com.



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