LOGAN SQUARE — A 22-year-old man was killed and a woman wounded in a shooting Wednesday morning near a Logan Square school where kids were in class.
At 10:36 a.m., the man and the woman, 39, were walking down the sidewalk in the 2500 block of North Maplewood Avenue when a man approached them, police said.
They talked “briefly” before the gunman fired shots, hitting the woman in her ankle and the man three times in his upper chest, police said. The gunman got into his car and drove off.
The man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The woman was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where she was listed in good condition.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Jeremiah Nieves.
The shooting happened on the same block as St. John Berchmans church and school. The school was in session at the time of the shooting, according to a teacher.
A St. John Berchmans teacher said the school went on lockdown during the shooting but declined to provide further information. The school’s principal didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday afternoon.
Neighbor Lauren Dixon said in a written message she was working in her home office when she heard at least 15 gunshots in rapid succession. Dixon’s partner and other neighbors rushed out to help.
Dixon said she’s lived in the area for about a year and has never been that close to a shooting.
“I’m upset and definitely still processing,” she said.
Jonathan Kinkley, who also lives nearby, said in an email he heard multiple shots. When he went out onto his balcony, he saw a person wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled down tight running north down the sidewalk, he said.
Kinkley and several other neighbors rushed outside to find the wounded woman being helped inside an ambulance.
“Neighbors were talking about the fact that it is broad daylight and incredibly brazen and that the violence is spreading throughout the city,” he said “Some were talking about moving.
“I’m feeling very angry, sad and rattled by this. I’m tempted to move, but then fear and violence wins.”
Police said no one is in custody and detectives are investigating.
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