Man dies after 5 shot in Uptown

August 23, 2013 4:16:40 AM PDT
A man died early Thursday after he and four others were wounded in a Monday evening shooting near an Uptown neighborhood church.

Darius Oliver, 21, of the 500 block of West 14th Place, was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 12:55 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

The five males were shot at 5:57 p.m. Monday in the 4500 block of North Sheridan Road, authorities said.

Paramedics initially took one person to an area hospital in "extreme critical" condition, according to Fire Media Affairs. Three others were hospitalized in serious-to-critical condition and a fifth person was in good condition.

Michael Allen, senior pastor of the nearby Uptown Baptist Church, tweeted that about 20 gunshots were fired outside the church during their Monday night meal for the homeless.

"Blood pools at church steps. Pray for us," Allen said on Twitter.

The church sits on the intersection of Sheridan and Wilson, the dividing line for two to three rival gang territories, so when people came out of the church Wednesday night after a vigil, they spread out on all of the corners to pray.

They gathered inside the Uptown Baptist Church, praying for an end to the violence that led to the five people being shot.

Oliver's girlfriend had said he was brain dead and on life support.

"He had just went to his first day of work of his new job that day," said Brianna Williams.

Bullet holes through the dense steel traffic signal box mark the spot where a gunman opened fire with what police believe was an assault rifle.

"It's hard to imagine when you walk down the street in the light of day and imagine that's what took place there," said Donna Crum.

Police say the shooting was gang-related, though many of the victims may not be in gangs.

"Now these gang bangers, they don't give a rip what time of the day, whether they're in front of a church or a school, whether they are 100 people on the street nearby," said Pastor Allen.

Police have not confirmed that they have questioned anybody, however according to the alderman's office, they do have three people that they consider persons of interest.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2013.)


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