Richard Chambers shot to death in South Shore, ending city’s longest streak of days without fatal shooting

Richard Chambers was killed and another man was wounded in a shooting Thursday afternoon in the South Shore neighborhood, ending the longest stretch of days without a fatal shooting that Chicago witnesses all year.

The 21-year-old Chambers was standing on a sidewalk with a 20-year-old man in the 7900 block of South Exchange at 1:11 p.m. when a white SUV drove down the street and someone inside opened the rear door and started shooting, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Both men were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where Chambers died of a head wound at 2:11 p.m., authorities said. He lived in the 100 block of East 114th Place.

The younger man was shot in the right foot and was listed in good condition, police said.

Chambers’ death marked the city’s first fatal shooting in more than four days, the longest stretch without a fatal shooting this year. The last fatal shooting had happened at 12:52 a.m. Sunday in the Albany Park neighborhood.

Previously, the longest period of time without a fatal shooting was just over 81 hours—3 days, 9 hours and 23 minutes—in late April.

So far in 2016, there have been at least 769 homicides in the city, including 11 people who died this year after being shot, stabbed or assaulted in previous years. Of those homicides, at least 693 were gun-related, according to Chicago Sun-Times records.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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