Gakirah Barnes, 17, fatally shot in Woodlawn

Chicago Sun-Times

Gakirah Barnes was killed and two others were wounded in a Friday afternoon shooting in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

The three were shot about 3:30 p.m. in the 6400 block of South Eberhart Avenue, authorities said.

Residents of a home on the block were in shock over the murder. They said the girl was shot while walking on the street then collapsed onto the porch of the home, bleeding from the neck and chest.

The girl had frequently come by the house to hang out and eat, residents said. The owner of the home frequently cooked dinner for people on her block. On Friday, she was cooking fried chicken when she heard the shots.

“When the bullets come, we run,” said the owner of the home, who didn’t want to be identified.

“[Gakirah] always had some funny joke. She never disrespected anyone,” said Timesha Writez, 20, of Bellwood, on the porch where the girl was shot.

Gakirah, 17, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she died at 5:43 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Her home address was not immediately available.

Authorities said Gakirah was shot in the upper body. An autopsy is scheduled for later Saturday.

Two men were also wounded in the shooting, authorities said.

Paramedics took a 33-year-old man to Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center in good condition with a gunshot wound to the foot, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Juan Hernandez said.

A 19-year-old man also wounded in the shooting drove himself to the 4700 block of South Wabash Avenue, where paramedics found him and took him to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, authorities said.

Nobody has been charged in the murder.

Area Central detectives are investigating.

— Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire

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