Maurice Delaney and Ali Mohamed, killed in shootout inside Uptown business, are first homicides of 2017

A shootout Sunday morning in a North Side Uptown neighborhood business left Maurice Delaney and Ali Mohamed dead, the first reported homicides of 2017 in Chicago, authorities said.

The men were shooting at each other about 4:25 a.m. New Year’s Day inside a business in the 4600 block of North Broadway, according to Chicago Police.

Delaney, 38, of the 9000 block of Skokie Boulevard in north suburban Skokie, was shot in the chest and right leg, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Mohamed, 31, of the 6400 block of North Oakley, was shot multiple times in his right side.

Both men were taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where they were pronounced dead at 5:19 a.m., authorities said.

Last year ended with 780 homicides in the city, the most in about 20 years, according to Chicago Sun-Times records.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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