Uptown Shooting Victim Dies

Darius Oliver, 21, was one of five men shot around 6 p.m. Monday in the 4500 block of North Sheridan Road

Friday, Aug 23, 2013  |  Updated 4:17 PM CDT
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A prayer for peace was held Wednesday in a neighborhood still reeling from the shock of senseless violence. Rob Elgas reports.

A prayer for peace was held Wednesday in a neighborhood still reeling from the shock of senseless violence. Rob Elgas reports.

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The victim who was on life support after a shooting near an Uptown church this week has died, authorities said.

Darius Oliver, 21, was one of five men shot around 6 p.m. Monday in the 4500 block of North Sheridan Road. Three others were hospitalized in serious-to-critical condition. Another was said to be in good condition.

"I already know that he won't come back because he barely has any brain left," Oliver's girlfriend, Brianna Williams, said at a Wednesday evening prayer vigil at the sight of the shooting.

More than 20 bullet casings were left in the busy intersection after the victims were transported to nearby hospitals. Witnesses said shots rang out as a car drove through the area, which is one of Chicago Public Schools' Safe Passage routes designed to give students a protected path to and from school.

"I saw when a man got shot in the head there was a puddle of blood," witness Na'eem Hoskins said. "I saw another man got shot in the stomach, and he was just hollering and screaming."

Ald. James Cappleman (46th), whose ward includes the busy Uptown intersection, said Tuesday that three "persons of interest" were being questioned by police. Police wouldn't confirm that detail but Supt. Garry McCarthy said officials "know who the players are." 

He said the shooting was "very clearly gang-related."

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