Man shot, killed near Cermak Red Line station

CHICAGO — A man was shot and killed in the South Loop on Saturday evening, and a Chicago Fire Department ambulance crew that was passing by said it happened right in front of them.

The 28-year-old victim was on the first block of West Cermak, not far from the Cermak CTA station, when someone fired shots, striking him in the abdomen, according to Chicago police. CPD first learned about the shooting from the fire department ambulance crew. They radioed for police, saying it happened right in front of them, a CPD dispatcher said.

They took the victim to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police offered no information about motives or suspect descriptions. Investigators said they found about a dozen shell casings and a firearm ammunition magazine at the scene.

Other shootings have been reported near the intersection of Cermak Road and State Street in the past year.

Two people, including an off-duty Cook County correctional officer, were shot outside a nightclub in the first block of East Cermak in February. Police said a gunman fired at them from a pickup truck on the opposite side of Cermak Road early in the morning, hitting them and nearby businesses’ windows.

Last September, two men were killed in a shooting outside Windy City Ribs & Whiskey. Prosecutors have charged a man named Andre Nelson in connection with that shooting. Officials said Nelson killed two men with a single bullet.

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