Alex Strong dies more than three months after being wounded in drive-by shooting in Gresham

Chicago Sun-Times Wire

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving last year, three men were shot while sitting in a vehicle in the South Side Gresham neighborhood. On Friday, one of those men, 23-year-old Alex Strong, died of his injuries.

About 3 1/2 months ago, Strong was one of three people wounded in an afternoon drive-by shooting on Nov. 26, 2016, in the 8700 block of South Wood, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Strong and two other men—ages 23 and 26—were struck by bullets when someone fired at them from a black SUV, authorities said. Strong was sitting inside a vehicle when he was shot in the head. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition. His condition was stabilized and he was taken to a long-term care facility.

On Friday, Strong was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:23 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy on Saturday found he died of complications from a gunshot wound to the neck and his death was ruled a homicide.

Area South detectives are conducting a death investigation, police said Saturday, but no one is in custody for the shooting.

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