Bystander Fatally Shot While Leaving Starbucks Near Chicago Police Headquarters

Authorities said the woman, later identified as 49-year-old Yvonne Nelson, was not the intended target in the shooting

An innocent bystander was shot and killed as she left a Starbucks just two blocks from Chicago Police headquarters in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Friday. 

The shooting occurred near the intersection of 35th and State Streets on Friday afternoon at around 4 p.m., according to police. 

The woman was leaving the coffee shop on the corner when she was shot in the chest, police said. She was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, officials confirmed. 

She was later identified as 49-year-old Yvonne Nelson, of the 4900 block of S Vincennes, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

"The female victim was completely innocent, she just happened to be exiting out of the Starbucks when she was struck by a gunshot," said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. 

Police said the intended target, a man in his mid-20s, is a documented gang member. He was shot several times and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, according to officials, but sustained non-life threatening injuries.

"This incident right here highlights what I've been saying for the last month and a half about how brazen these violent offenders are," Johnson added. "It illustrates how people have weapons in the city of Chicago, and they don't mind using them." 

Authorities said the offender fled on foot, westbound toward U.S. Cellular Field. No one is in custody and authorities continue to investigate. 

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