Man killed in South Shore shooting that left second man wounded identified as 45-year-old Steven Jackson

A man was killed in a South Shore neighborhood shooting that left a second man injured Sunday afternoon has been identified as 45-year-old Steven C. Jackson.

Jackson was standing in the 2400 block of East 75th Street at 1:44 p.m. when someone walked up and fired shots, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was struck in the face and neck, and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:31 p.m., authorities said. He lived in the South Shore neighborhood.

A second man, 54, was found with a gunshot wound to the right thigh and was also taken to Northwestern, where his condition stabilized.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

23-year-old James Johnson shot to death inside store in South Shore

A South Side man was shot to death inside a store in the South Shore neighborhood Tuesday morning.

Just before noon, someone walked up to James Johnson when he went into the store in the 2000 block of East 71st Street, and shot him in the chest, according to Chicago Police.

Johnson, 23, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died at 12:38 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

No one was in custody for the killing as of Wednesday morning.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Tenisha Mallett killed, three others wounded when two gunmen get out of SUV and open fire on group in Austin

A young mother killed in a Saturday night shooting in the West Side Austin neighborhood that left three other people wounded has been identified as 21-year-old Tenisha Mallett.

Tenisha Mallett | family photo

Tenisha Mallet | family photo


The four were outside about 8:30 p.m. in the 100 block of North Mayfield when a dark SUV approached, Chicago Police said. Two people got out of the SUV and began shooting in the direction of the group.

Mallett was shot in the neck and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She lived in Austin.

Family members said Mallett, who leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter, had experienced gun violence in the past.
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Man found shot to death in Auburn Gresham identified as 25-year-old Ryan Ellis

A man found shot to death Sunday afternoon in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood has been identified as 25-year-old Ryan Ellis.

Ellis was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the body in the 1400 block of West 84th Street at 1:55 p.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:30 p.m., authorities said. He lived in the South Chicago neighborhood.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Man found shot to death in alley in Austin identifed as 33-year-old Taurins Pope

A man found shot to death Saturday morning in an Austin neighborhood alley on the West Side has been identified as 33-year-old Taurins Pope.

Officers responding to a shooting at 6:53 a.m. in the 100 block of North Menard found him unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Pope was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:05 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the Austin neighborhood.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Family members say shooting stole a bright future from ‘happy-go-lucky’ Stevie Jefferson

By ELIZABETH CZAPSKI
Homicide Watch Chicago

On a summer day during their sophomore year of high school, Kayla Taylor and her boyfriend, Stevie Jefferson, sat down to talk about their future.

Stevie Jefferson / Family photo

Stevie Jefferson / Family photo

They envisioned a life together in Virginia after graduation, where they wanted to go to college, get good jobs, get married and have kids.

Jefferson and Taylor met during their freshman year at After School Matters, where they “wrote poetry, performed for young kids and went on college field trips,” Taylor said. Their favorite places to go together were Millennium Park and the beach.

A senior at Ombudsman High School, the 17-year-old Jefferson was scheduled to graduate in June, his mother, Latina Sanders Stuckey, said.

He would never get the chance.
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Ladarren Ball sentenced to 39 years in prison for 2015 fatal shooting of Zika Urosevic in Humboldt Park

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Ladarren Ball | Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Ladarren Ball | Cook County Sheriff’s Dept.


A man has been sentenced to 39 years in prison for the fatal shooting of Zika Urosevic in the West Side Humboldt Park neighborhood in 2015.

Ladarren M. Ball, 32, was found guilty of murder Dec. 20, 2016, after a bench trial before Judge Vincent Gaughan, according to Cook County court records.

About 6 p.m. Sept. 19, 2015, Urosevic was standing with a group of people in the 1200 block of North Keeler when Ball walked up and started shooting, authorities said at the time.

Urosevic, 38, was shot in the back of the neck and died at the scene, authorities said. He lived in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.
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Keenan Turner fatally shot while sitting on porch of home on block where he lived in Austin

Keenan Turner was shot to death on an Austin neighborhood porch early Saturday on the West Side.

Authorities investigate after a fatal shooting on an Austin porch early Saturday. | Network Video Productions

Authorities investigate after a fatal shooting on an Austin porch early Saturday. | Network Video Productions


The 29-year-old was sitting in front of a home about 2:30 a.m. on the block where he lived in the 300 block of North Lorel. Someone then walked up and shot him repeatedly across the body, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Turner was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he was pronounced dead at 2:43 a.m., authorities said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Authorities investigate after a fatal shooting on an Austin porch early Saturday. | Network Video Productions

Authorities investigate after a fatal shooting on an Austin porch early Saturday. | Network Video Productions

$1M bond for man charged with fatal beating of his brother, Jerry Lee Cummings, inside a vehicle in Austin

A man whose attorney said he was mentally unstable has been charged with the fatal beating of his brohter, 53-year-old man Jerry Lee Cummings, last fall in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

Robert Cummings | Chicago Police

Robert Cummings | Chicago Police


Robert Cummings, 47, of the 7600 block of South Marquette, faces one count of first-degree murder, and was ordered held on a $1 million bond Saturday, according to court records and Chicago Police.

About 1:10 p.m. Sept. 8, Jerry Lee Cummings was found unresponsive with injuries to his face and groin inside a vehicle in the 200 block of North Lockwood, authorities said at the time. He was pronounced dead at the scene about 20 minutes later.

Court records indicate Robert Cummings had lived with his brother, but had been asked to leave about a week earlier. However, he returned to the home and Jerry Lee Cummings agreed to let him sleep in his car.
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Prosecutors: Walter Long Jr., aka rapper dinnerwithjohn, fatally stabbed after fight on CTA Green Line train

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Kevin Alexander | Chicago Police

Kevin Alexander | Chicago Police


Prosecutors claim well-known Chicago rapper Walter Long Jr., who was stabbed to death in the Fulton Market District earlier this week, knew his assailant and had a previous run-in with the suspect’s friend.

Long–who performed most recently as “dinnerwithjohn”–had gotten into a prior altercation with Kevin Alexander’s friend and the friend’s cousin, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said in court Friday.

Alexander was on the CTA Green Line train with a friend heading westbound when Long got on the train at the Clark and Lake stop late Wednesday afternoon, Santini said.

At some point, Alexander approached Long and soon, the two began wrestling on the train, Santini said.
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