No Witnesses to Little Village Triple Murder

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM CDT
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Three men, two of whom were related, were found fatally shot in the Little Village neighborhood early Saturday on the West Side -- just 50 feet from where two of them lived.

The shooting happened just after 3 a.m. in the 2300 block of South Springfield Avenue, police said.

Ogden District patrol officers who heard multiple gunshots found two men inside two cars and the third lying on the street outside one of the cars.

One man was dead on the scene inside one of the cars and paramedics took the others to Mount Sinai Hospital, where they died.

Waseem Smith, 25, was dead at the scene. Barry Smith, 45, and Leon Smith, 28, were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where they were pronounced dead at 4:35 a.m. and 6:09 a.m., respectively, according to a spokesman with the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Waseem and Barry Smith both lived at in the 2200 block of S. Springfield Ave. -- about 50 feet from where the three men were found, according to the spokesman.  Leon Smith’s home address was not available late Saturday.

A Saturday autopsy revealed Waseem Smith died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the medical examiner's office.

Barry Smith and Leon Smith both died from multiple gunshot wounds, and all three deaths were ruled homicides, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Two of the victims are related, but their relationship with the third man was not immediately known. The cars were towed from the scene and processed for evidence.

Multiple shell casings were found on the scene in the mostly residential neighborhood. Springfield is a two-way street but it doesn’t go through, and butts up to a railroad embankment, police said.

No one witnessed it and there are no police cameras installed in the area, according to police.

No one was in custody Sunday morning.  Harrison Area detectives are conducting a triple-murder investigation.

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