Man, 51, Killed in West Side Shooting

By Quinn Ford and Emily Morris  on January 15, 2013 3:47pm  | Updated on January 15, 2013 7:24pm

 Curtis Porter, 51, was fatally shot in the abdomen and chest in the 1300 block of South Christiana Avenue, authorities said.
Curtis Porter, 51, was fatally shot in the abdomen and chest in the 1300 block of South Christiana Avenue, authorities said.
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NORTH LAWNDALE — A man was fatally shot in the chest in North Lawndale Tuesday morning, police said.

Police said the 51-year-old victim was outside in the 1300 block of South Christiana Avenue about 9:20 a.m. when a man got out of a black SUV, walked up to him and fired, striking the victim multiple times in the abdomen and chest.

The man was later identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office as Curtis Porter, of the 600 block of South Wabash Avenue.

The shooter then fled the scene in the SUV with an accomplice behind the wheel, police said.

Cops said a drug deal gone awry might have led to the shooting, and the investigation is ongoing.

Porter was taken in serious to critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he underwent surgery, officials said.

He was pronounced dead at St. Bernard Hospital at 1:42 p.m., according to the morgue.

A local resident, who declined to give her name, said she glanced out her window and noticed about five people standing in a vacant lot in her block about 9 a.m.

Later, she said she heard about three shots fired.

The witness said she looked out the window again and saw a man in white pants laying on the ground. She said another man and a woman talking on a phone were also standing in the lot, but the neighbor said she did not recognize any of them.

"When I looked out, I just seen her, the man laying, and then there was another man," the woman said. "He had told her to give him the phone so he could get the address right [for the police]."

The woman said the lot is usually a place for people to go to buy drugs, but noted it's the first time she's heard of a shooting there.

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