Teen Dead, Three Injured in Shooting Near Washington Park

Shooting was at 53rd Street and King Drive, authorities say

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 12:20 AM CDT
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Teen Dead, Three Injured in Shooting

George Howard's mother drops to her knees after learning her son had been shot and killed.

A 15-year-old boy was killed and three others wounded in a Monday evening shooting near Washington Park on the city's south side.

Family and friends said George Howard died from a gunshot wound to the neck at about 8 p.m. Howard and three others were in the hallway of an apartment building at East 53rd Street and South Martin Luther King Drive when someone jumped out of a car, walked in the front door and opened fire.

One neighbor told NBC Chicago there were warnings earlier in the day "to get off the block" because "something was going to happen."

Another teen, a 14-year-old boy, was taken to Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago, where he was listed in critical condition. A 30-year-old man was taken to John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County and was also listed in critical condition. A 20-year-old man was in fair/good condition at University of Chicago Medical Center, the fire department told NBC Chicago.

The older men were identified by relatives as Keith and Wayne Strange.

Neighbor Shakitta Thompson said she's not surprised by the violence and said it makes her fearful for her and her kids' safety.

"It's crazy. I don't get it. What would possess you to shoot a child like that? That makes me nervous for my own kids," she said.

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