UPDATE: William Aikens, Martellis Griffis shot dead in Roseland

William Aiken / Photo from DNAInfo.com/chicago

Two men were shot dead in the Roseland neighborhood Wednesday afternoon on the South Side.

William Aikens, 28, and Martellis Griffis, 22, were shot to death outside in the 10500 block of South Lafayette Avenue about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

The men were outside Griffis’ home when shots were fired, authorities said.

Griffis collapsed outside his residence, also in the 10500 block of South Lafayette Avenue, and died on the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Aikens, of the 1700 block of North Lotus Avenue, was shot several times and ran to a vacant lot in the 10500 block of South Perry Street, where he collapsed and died minutes later, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Police were releasing few details about the shooting early Thursday, but said both men were believed to have gang affiliations.

Area South detectives are investigating.

— Sun-Times Media Wire

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