The nephew of basketball superstar Dwyane Wade was one of five people wounded in a gang-related shooting Thursday night at a Chicago convenience store that left one man dead.
"I don’t have all of the details at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with all involved, including my nephew and sister," Wade said in a statement forward by his spokeswoman, Amy Jacobs." Having grown up in the inner-city, I am aware of the difficult realities that exist on the streets. One of the goals of my foundation, the Wade’s World Foundation, is to continue to spread the message that the violence needs to stop."
Six people were shot about 6 p.m. Thursday night at a community grocery store in the 1400 block of West 79th Street. One died and five others were wounded, officials said. All the victims are between 16 and 25 years old.
Detectives are reviewing footage from a Chicago Police camera stationed across the street from the store, according to police, who said the suspects fled north on Bishop Street in a silver SUV.
Killed in the attack was Shawndell Harris, 22, of the 9100 block of South Perry Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Pfleger, pastor of nearby St. Sabina Church, said he attempted to visit the store on Friday, but the owner would not let him inside.
"One of the things I’ve been saying is that we have to do something about these stores that are the street offices of gangs," Pfleger said. "We have to stop letting these kind of stores destroy our communities by letting the gangs hang out there."
All six people were inside the small store when they were wounded, but some had stumbled outside by the time paramedics arrived. Numerous shell casings remained on the floor when officers arrived, a source said.
Londale McNeal, a pastor at a church next door to the store, said he heard "about 10 to 12 shots ring out" and saw two men in dark hooded sweatshirts jump into a vehicle. McNeal was with his wife, daughter and grandson.
Police said no one was in custody in connection with the shooting, which was among several throughout the city Thursday.
A community group plans a Friday night rally at 79th and Bishop Streets to send a message to the shooters and call for an end to violence in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood.