Police release video of Roseland shooting that killed 77-year-old Odell Branch

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Chicago Police released a video Sunday of two suspects in a Roseland shooting that killed 77-year-old Odell Branch Sr. and left three others wounded, including Branch’s 5-year-old great-grandson and another 2-year-old boy.

The gunfire erupted about 6:40 p.m. March 9 in the 200 block of West 105th Street, police said. Branch and his 5-year-old great-grandson were inside his home when bullets came through the window, authorities said.

A police source said shooting was an exchange of gunfire was between two rival gangs when a small group on the street opened fire on Branch’s teenage great-grandson. Some of the bullets instead went into the home and struck Branch and the child, authorities said.

Rival gang members then fired back at the group and struck a 34-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son as she attempted to place the boy inside a vehicle, the source said. Both were taken to Roseland Community Hospital.

Branch was shot in the head and died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, authorities said.

The 5-year-old was shot in the arm and taken to Christ Medical Center, police said.

Police initially said several people were being questioned in connection with the shooting, but no charges were filed as of Sunday morning. A police source said the family is not cooperating with investigators.

Anyone with information about the suspects in the video is being asked to call Area South detectives at (312) 747-8271.

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