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Man Shot to Death Two Blocks From President Obama's Kenwood Home

By Alex Nitkin | August 26, 2015 8:09am | Updated on August 26, 2015 12:39pm
 The well-to-do block where a man was shot to death in Kenwood Tuesday evening.
The well-to-do block where a man was shot to death in Kenwood Tuesday evening.
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KENWOOD — A 25-year-old man was killed in a drive-by shooting less than two blocks from President Barack Obama's home in Kenwood Tuesday evening, police said.

Around 6 p.m., the man was driving in the 5000 block of South Dorchester Avenue when another car pulled up next to him and someone inside shot at him, according to Officer Hector Alfaro, a Chicago Police spokesman.

The man was struck multiple times in his upper body and kept driving until the 1500 block of East 50th Street, where his car came to a stop, Alfaro said. 

Reginald Sanson, of the 4700 block of South Woodlawn Avenue, was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Broken glass remained where a man was shot in his car Tuesday. [DNAinfo/Alex Nitkin]

Around 6:30 p.m., Pamela Toler walked out the front door of her three-story brick house to see a car with bullet holes blocked off by police tape in front of her house. A crowd of people, including a "woman who was very distressed," milled around the scene.

"It's distressing to see this happen here," Toler said. "There's historically been gang activity around this area, but it never reaches this block. Older people generally live on this block."

Still, Toler said she considered the shooting an "isolated" event, and it didn't make her feel less safe.

No one is in custody, Alfaro said.

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