Former Proviso East Athlete Shot in Head in Maywood

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Thursday, May 16, 2013  |  Updated 11:21 PM CDT
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DeShawn McCarthy, home just a week for summer break, was shot in the head as he was riding in a car. Christian Farr reports.

DeShawn McCarthy, home just a week for summer break, was shot in the head as he was riding in a car. Christian Farr reports.

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A college student and Proviso East High School graduate died Thursday, hours after being shot in the head while driving with friends in Maywood, police said.

Deshawn McCarthy was shot around 10:55 p.m. Wednesday near 4th Avenue and Fillmore Street while riding in a car with three other people, according to Maywood Police. He was the only person in the vehicle shot.

McCarthy was driven to Loyola Hospital by the driver of the vehicle. He died shortly before 9 a.m., a spokesman from the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Scottie Ware, a coach of McCarthy's at Proviso East for four years, said McCarthy was initially put on life support and was not expected to recover.

A close friend of McCarthy's and his roommate for six years, Ryan Jones, said McCarthy was going to a junior college in North Dakota to increase his chances of playing sports at a larger school.

"We were like blood brothers," said Jones.

Maywood police said they do not believe McCarthy was the intended target and did not have a motive or suspect description as of Thursday afternoon.

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