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South Shore Shootings Kill 7 People Thursday, Police Say

March 31, 2017 7:45am | Updated March 31, 2017 7:45am
Shootings killed seven people in South Shore on Thursday.
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CHICAGO — Shootings killed seven people in South Shore on Thursday.

There had been no fatal shootings in the neighborhood this March until Thursday, yet the burst of murders led South Shore to end the month with more fatal shootings than any other neighborhood.

It also means Thursday became the deadliest day in the city this March.

Most recently, at 11:02 p.m., several people were in a van driving in the 7000 block of South South Shore Drive when someone in a black Jeep pulled alongside them and fired shots, police said. The van crashed into a pole.

A 23-year-old woman, who was in the front passenger seat, was shot in the side of her head and a 27-year-old man, who was in the back seat, was hit in the side of his body, police said. The two were pronounced dead at the scene.

The man was a documented gang member, a police source said.

The two were identified as Dominique Victoria Scott, of Gary, Ind., and Cornell Patrick, of the 10000 block of South Crandon Avenue, in Cook County Medical Examiner's Office records.

Earlier in the day, four men were shot dead in and around a restaurant in the 2700 block of East 75th Street. Two of the men were reportedly brothers.

Before that, a 26-year-old woman, who was pregnant, was found shot and killed in an apartment in the 7500 block of South Luella Avenue.

No one was in custody in these shootings.

Before Thursday, the neighborhood had seen just nine shootings in all of March, all of them non-fatal.