Police search for suspects in shooting that left 2 dead, 5 wounded


By Deanese Williams-Harris and Will Lee Tribune reporters

7:18 a.m. CST, February 20, 2012

Police are searching for suspects this morning in a South Side drive-by shooting that killed two men and wounded five teens ranging in age from 13 to 16, authorities say.

The seven were standing outside Budget Food & Liquors in the 2500 block of East 79th Street when a beige-colored car pulled up around 6:45 p.m. and someone inside opened fire, police said.

Jamal Harris, 19, was found dead inside the store and Gregory Glinsey, 61, was hit on the street outside, police said. Both suffered several gunshot wounds, according to said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

The other five victims were two 13-year-old boys, a 14-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy, according to police preliminary reports.

The 14-year-old was taken in critical condition to Comer Children’s Hospital. Two other teens were shot in their legs and taken in fair-to-serious condition to Trinity Hospital, and two others were taken to Jackson Park Hospital with gunshot wounds to the legs, Langford said.

He said the conditions of the four teens taken to Trinity and Jackson Park had stabilized by late Sunday night.

Interim South Chicago District Cmdr. Kevin Ryan offered few details about what prompted the shooting, but said police were pursuing leads.

“It doesn’t appear to be a random attack,” Ryan told reporters at the scene. “We have good evidence. We’re investigating the case,” he said.

Investigators were trying to determine whether the shooting was gang related.

Police said another 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg a short distance away, about eight minutes after the group was shot at the store, but it did not appear related.

Maurice Moody, who lives around the corner from the shooting, said he heard shots fired before coming out and seeing a man from the neighborhood lying on the sidewalk.

“I was inside and I heard, like, eight shots,” he said. “There was a pause, like two seconds, then I heard three more shots.”

Another resident, Teresa Moore, said Glinsey was running an errand when the shooting occurred. “He was just going to the store for his mom,” she said. “Her birthday was yesterday.”

A man who answered the telephone at Glinsey’s South Side home said his family had no comment.

The intersection of 79th and Essex Avenue was blocked off by yellow tape after the shooting, and red tape blocked off the entrance to store. A large white sheet covered a body on the sidewalk about 20 feet from the store’s entrance. A crowd of officers — detectives, beat officers and evidence technicians — huddled nearby at 79th and Essex.

Tribune reporters Jeremy Gorner and Jim Jaworski contributed.



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