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Man Standing in Parking Lot Shot Dead in Morning Drive-By

By  Quinn Ford and Emily Morris | August 13, 2013 11:00am 

 A man died after being shot in South Shore Tuesday.
Man Fatally Shot in South Shore
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CHICAGO — A man standing in a South Shore parking lot was gunned down just before 10 a.m. Tuesday by a shooter in a passing SUV, police said.

Cops described the 34-year-old victim — later identified as Eric Chism of the 7400 block of South Colfax Avenue — as a known gang member.

Chism was standing with at least one other person in a parking lot in the 7400 block of South Colfax Avenue when the light-colored SUV drove by and fired shots about 9:40 a.m., according to Officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman.

Chism was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Shell casings littered the ground along Colfax Avenue Tuesday afternoon as officers continued to work the scene.

A small group of people watched from a store across East 75th Street. One man, who declined to be named, said he recognized Chism from around the neighborhood.

"He wasn't in no gang," the man said. "He just had a baby."

A woman standing in the group said the area has seen a lot of shootings over the summer.

"It had slowed down for a while," she said. "You gotta be careful around here."

So far this year, 18 people have been killed in South Shore, making it the most deadly neighborhood in Chicago along with Austin, according to DNAinfo.com Chicago data.

Since the end of June, at least four other men have been gunned down just blocks from the scene of Tuesday's shooting, including Jacoby Herron, who was killed on Saturday.

No one was in custody for the shooting as of Wednesday.