LOGAN SQUARE — A 27-year-old woman described by a friend as “incredibly sweet” was shot in her chest and killed in Logan Square Tuesday night, according to police.
Alexa Baute, of the 2400 block of North Richmond Street, died Tuesday night from her wounds, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
She was on the sidewalk in the 2900 block of West Fullerton Avenue just after 8 p.m. when she “heard shots and felt pain,” according to police.
Baute suffered a gunshot wound to her chest and was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital in critical condition. She was pronounced dead at 8:45 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) could not immediately provide more information. The alderman said he is communication with the Shakespeare Police District Cmdr. Melvin Roman, but the investigation is in the early stages.
“I feel heartbroken about her death. My sympathy goes out to her family and friends. I’ll continue to be in communication with the 14th district concerning this investigation,” La Spata said in an email.
Dakota Anthoni, a friend of Baute’s, knew about Baute’s passing, but didn’t know how she died until a Block Club reporter reached out.
“It’s so heartbreaking to hear that,” Anthoni said.
He said Baute was “always great to be around and had a great group of friends that supported her,” adding, “I used to see her on weekends at Cole’s, as she supported local business and music.”
Another friend of Baute’s described her as an “incredibly sweet girl.”
Tuesday, which saw temperatures in the 70s, was one of the most violent days the city has seen this year, according to the Tribune. At least 21 people were shot, including a 5-year-old girl, and seven people died, according to the newspaper.
In the case of Baute, no one is in custody and detectives are continuing to investigate.
This is a developing story.