“By Peter NickeasTribune reporter5:51 a.m. CST,Â February 4, 2014
An early-morning shooting in the Gresham neighborhood left a 20-year-old man dead.
Police said the 20-year-old was with a group of other young men about 2:10 a.m. when someone standing at the end of the block fired toward the group, hitting the man.
He was identified as Willie Buie, whose last known address was in the 7700 block of South Lowe Avenue nearby. A relative of Buie’s said he had recently moved back to the area and was living in Calumet Park after a brief time in Texas.
Buie was pronounced dead at the scene. The street where he died looks more like an alley. It runs along the backside of vacant lots and apartment buildings.
Opposite the buildings is a a 40-foot-wide Lyle Park that stretches from 76th to 79th Street.
Adjacent to the park are elevated freight train tracks, separated from the little bit of green space and playground equipment by a 12-foot concrete wall.
Buie’s family gathered in the unplowed street trying to get information about the shooting.
Earlier, an 18-year-old man was shot in the leg in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
He was standing outside about 8:45 p.m., at Garfield Boulevard and Princeton Avenue, when someone opened fire and fled in a dark colored sedan.
He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.
No one is in custody for either shooting.
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