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Man Gunned Down in Broad Daylight Shooting Outside Truman College

By Benjamin Woodard | October 29, 2012 5:10pm | Updated on October 30, 2012 9:20am

UPTOWN — A man was gunned down and another was injured Monday in a broad daylight shooting as Truman College students looked on in horror.

The shooting occurred across the street from the school in the 1100 block of West Wilson Avenue about 1:30 p.m., police said. A 37-year-old man was shot in the head — at point-blank range — and a 21-year-old man was also wounded. The older victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital where he was pronounced dead, cops said.

The other man was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the dead man as Walter McLemore, of the 3600 block of West Augusta Boulevard.

The office of 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman issued a statement saying the shooting appeared to be gang-related and an investigation is ongoing.

Students and witnesses gathered near the blood-stained sidewalk Monday afternoon to talk about what went down.

Witnesses said they saw two gunmen walk up to a group of people standing outside Uptown Computers, a business near the school. The men opened fire and the group scattered. The shooters, who may have been wearing face paint, continued to fire north down Racine Avenue, according to witnesses and police.

Those inside the college said they heard about 12 or 13 shots.

Crysthal Melendez, a student at Truman, heard the shots while she was in class. Security guards at the school closed the front entrance to the college and officials checked classrooms, she said.

A spokeswoman for Truman College declined to comment on the incident, only saying that it was being investigated.

No arrests had been made as of Monday evening, but a detective on the scene said they were reviewing security footage from cameras around the school.