ASHBURN — Three people were killed and two others were wounded after an apparent "domestic" shooting on the Southwest Side Monday.
Just before 9 a.m., police responded to a call of shots fired in the 3500 block of West 79th Place, police said. They found two men outside the home with "non-life-threatening injuries," and went inside with a SWAT team, police said.
There, they found two women who had been shot to death and a man with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, a police statement said, adding that the incident "appears to be domestic in nature."
Nykole Loving, 23, and Laquisha Hickman, 35, were later identified as the two women who were found dead inside the home, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. Officials there identified Edward Prince, 36, as the dead man inside the home.
Sheila Prince, 46, said the shooting was in her uncle's house. Her uncle, Elvin Prince, was one of the men found outside the home and is recovering, she said.
Sheila Prince said the problems began Sunday night after a fight between her cousin Edward Prince and the mother of his child. Edward Prince shot the mother and another cousin before turning the weapon on himself, Sheila Prince said, citing what she was told by police.
"My aunt raised them. We all grew up together. I can't believe it," Sheila Prince said.
The family was tight-knit, she said, and would spend every weekend together at her uncle's house, as they did over the weekend. The whole family visited the house Sunday, and there were no problems, but she said a fight may have broken out after most of the family left.
She said she wasn't sure what happened during the shooting, but her cousin suffered from mental illness, and she believed he was not taking his medicine.
"I've never seen them in a fight. It's shocking," said another cousin, who refused to give his name. "This family was real close. It was just one day, today, and something went wrong. It wasn't like him. He's not like that."
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