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2 women killed, 3 children critically injured in July 4th shooting on Chicago’s South Side

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Police confirmed two women were killed and three children critically wounded in a shooting in the Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side on Thursday morning.

Deputy Chief Don Jerome said that officers responded to an alert of shots fired at @6:15 a.m., in the 7100 block of South Woodlawn Avenue, where they discovered five people shot. The victims all had gunshot wounds and were given first aid by the officers.

Family identified the deceased as 42-year-old Nakeeshia Strong, who died at the scene of the crime; and 24-year-old Capri Edwards, who was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she later died. Three boys, ages 5, 7, and 8, were critically injured and transported to Comer Children’s Hospital.

Local outlet Fox32 Chicago reported that investigators said the attack was carried out early was targeted and personal, stemming from a dispute that happened at the home where the victims were found. Two cars pulled into the area where several people got out and fired shots from a rifle and handgun towards the home before fleeing the scene. Deputy Chief Jerome said: “Investigation revels that two vehicles pulled up into the are, multiple subjects exited those vehicles, and fired at this residence. Multiple shell casings were recovered from both a rifle and a handgun at the scene. That investigation is ongoing.”

As of press time, noone responsible for the shooting had been taken into custody. Area detectives are investigating the shooting. Anyone with information can submit an anonymous tip to CPDTip.com.

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