John Bolden killed in Washington Heights drive-by as Chicago hits 500 homicides for the year

Chicago Sun-Times Wire

John Bolden was killed late Sunday in a Washington Heights neighborhood drive-by shooting on the Far South Side, marking the city’s 500th homicide of 2017.

The 47-year-old Bolden was sitting in a parked car at 11:22 p.m. on the block where he lived in the 10100 block of South Racine, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Someone in a passing gray van fired shots, striking him multiple times in the side of the body, police said.

Bolden was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 12:20 a.m. on Monday, police said.

No one was in custody as Area South detectives investigate, police said.

Bolden’s death was the 500th homicide in the city this year, and the 465th shooting death of 2017, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Last year, the city reached 500 homicides 14 days sooner, Sun-Times data shows. as of this date last year, there had been 534 homicides in 2016.

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