NORTH LAWNDALE — Two men are dead and one woman is wounded after a shooting Friday evening in North Lawndale, police said.
Around 5 p.m., a shooter walked up to three peoplein the 4200 block of West Grenshaw Street and opened fire, said Officer Bari Lemmon, a Chicago Police spokeswoman.
A man was shot in his head and was pronounced dead on the scene, Lemmon said.
He was identified as Justin Blanks, a 30-year-old from Hebron, Ind., by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.
A 29-year-old man who was sitting in the driver's seat of a pickup truck was shot in his head. He was later pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital, Lemmon said.
He was identified as Joseph Luttien of Hobart, Ind.
A 54-year-old woman was shot in her leg, Lemmon said. She was taken to Saint Anthony Hospital and is in good condition, Lemmon said.
Alpha Smith, who lives directly across the street from the shooting, said she hopes this summer won't be as violent as the last: "Hopefully it'll get better. Nothing should ever escalate to this."
Smith said she went into her house about 15 minutes before the shooting happened: "We came from the back to the front [of the house] and all we saw is the corpse on the sidewalk and the red truck."
She added, "It's staggering. This is a silent street. We never had this on this street, that's why it's disturbing. I'm very concerned."
Japhia Smith, another neighbor, returned home to her block swathed with yellow and red tape.
Despite the grim scene, it didn't change how she felt about the area where she's now lived over a year: "It's still a pretty nice neighborhood. It's weird."
"It's like, what the h--- just happened? This is the first time anything like this has happened. And I've never seen anything like this," she added.
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