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Man Killed in 'Gang-Related Shooting' Near Lickity Split Custard Shop

By  Benjamin Woodard and Emily Morris | December 2, 2013 11:43am | Updated on December 2, 2013 4:04pm

 One man was killed and another injured in a shooting Monday, Dec. 2, in Edgewater.
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EDGEWATER — One man was killed and another wounded in a gang-related shooting Monday morning near Lickity Split, a custard shop on busy North Broadway in Edgewater, authorities said.

The shooting happened about 10:40 a.m. in the 1100 block of West Glenlake Avenue, said Officer Michael Sullivan, a police spokesman.

The two men were outside when a gunman stepped out of a light-colored van and fired shots, Sullivan said.

Mensa Kifle, 20, of the 6000 block of North Albany Avenue, was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Hospital at 11:27 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

A 24-year-old man was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was listed in "stable" condition, police said.

Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) said in a statement Monday afternoon that the man who was injured in the "gang-related shooting" had been arrested and police were searching for other suspects.

Ken Anderson, the owner of the popular custard shop, said he witnessed the aftermath.

One of the men who had been shot had been in a wheelchair before paramedics took him away, he said.

The wheelchair remained on the sidewalk Monday afternoon, behind police tape, in the 6000 block of North Broadway.

"It all happened across the street [Glenlake]," said Anderson, whose business was closed as the crime scene was secured by police.

Anderson said he saw two men in dark clothes "heading west down Glenlake" after the shooting took place in front of two vacant storefronts next door to Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant, 6120 N. Broadway.

"Never, never — I've never seen" something like this, said Daniel Berhanu, whose sister owns the Ethiopian Diamond.

Berhanu said he was inside vacuuming when the shooting happened and didn't hear anything until police showed up.

Police remained on the scene Monday afternoon and blocked off the right lane of southbound Broadway. Several evidence markers were placed on the sidewalk, and a window of a car appeared to be broken on Glenlake.

"This is a quiet area," said David Barcena, 63, who lives nearby and was walking by the scene. "You don't hear of things like this. On the news, you always hear, 'South Side. Englewood' — but not up here."