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Uptown Shooting Kills Man, 20, Leaves Neighbors in Fear

By  Mina Bloom and Josh McGhee | July 6, 2014 9:11am | Updated on July 6, 2014 6:48pm

  Kezon A. Lamb, 20, was shot around 12:20 a.m. in the 4400 block of North Malden Avenue, officials said.
Kezon A. Lamb, 20, was shot around 12:20 a.m. in the 4400 block of North Malden Avenue, officials said.
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CHICAGO — A 20-year-old south suburban man was shot and killed in Uptown early Sunday.

Around 12:20 a.m., the man was sitting in a vehicle in the 4400 block of North Malden Avenue when a man approached him and opened fire, striking him in his back, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a police spokesman. 

Kezon A. Lamb, of the 4000 block of West 127th Street in Alsip, was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 1:05 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Detectives are investigating the shooting.

Joe Miller, 26, was in bed when heard the shots outside his bedroom window. The 26-year-old, who served in the Marines, said the violence still puts a little fear in him.

"It's not really for myself but fear for my girlfriend, who's over here a few times a week. She's even more scared then me," he said.

Miller moved to the neighborhood in November and has heard a few shootings but this one literally hit him close to home and has made him reconsider moving from Logan Square, adding the neighborhood could be next for places not to live.

Alexis Zacharopoulos, 46, said he was out and about enjoying the holiday at a nearby rib festival. When he came home he walked directly into the aftermath, leaving him concerned for his family at home.

"It's very concerning. It's sh---y, for a lack of a better term, and really devastating. What is this, the wild wild west? " he said, recalling statistics about the violent weekend so far.

His family moved to the neighborhood in the fall with a clear understanding of the possibility of violence but elected for owning the larger home in a diverse area with lots to offer, he said.

""We're used to this kind of thing, it's happening in every neighborhood," Zacharopoulos said. "This is frustrating. We live here because we're a one-car family. What if we want to grab ice cream from the 7-11? It's scary. My wife's pregnant, now she can't walk the dog without being shot."

Prior violence in Uptown previously led residents to speak out. Joshua Murphy, 24, moved into the neighborhood in August and said the latest shooting was a reminder to watch out in any neighborhood.

"It's scary just knowing it can happen anywhere," Murphy said. "It puts it back in your mind, you know? This is a nice, tree-lined street and [the shooting] didn't seem to be for any particular reason."

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