One dead, one wounded in Hyde Park gunfire

Sun-Times Media Wire; April 30, 2013

One man was killed and another wounded when gunfire erupted inside a Hyde Park apartment building early Tuesday.

The two men were standing in a hallway of an apartment building in the 5200 block of South Harper Street about 12:15 a.m. when a gunman approached and opened fire, police said.

Henry Atkins, 39, died from a gunshot wound to the chest, authorities said. Atkins, who lived nearby in the1400 block of East 52nd Street, was later taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, where he was pronounced dead at 4:40 a.m.

The second man, who is 22, was shot in the hand, police said. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment, police said. His condition was not known.

Police said they have yet to establish a motive for the shooting.

No one was in custody Tuesday morning as Area Central detectives investigated.

The early morning shooting was the second murder in the neighborhood in recent days. Most recently, and less than a mile away, 15-year-old Cornelius “Cornbread” German was shot to death in the 5000 block of South Evans Avenue.

The Chicago home of President Barack Obama, in the 5000 block of South Greenwood Avenue, stands about a half-mile from both murder scenes.


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