A man who was found dead in an apartment in the South Chicago neighborhood early Friday was shot to death and police are conducting a homicide investigation, officials said Saturday.
The victim, who was 31 years old, was found as firefighters fought a blaze in the 8300 block of South Baker Avenue about 6 a.m. Friday, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien.
The man, whose identity had not been confirmed to the Cook County medical examiner's office as of this afternoon, died from multiple gunshot wounds in a homicide, the medical examiner's office determined today. Police were conducting a homicide investigation, and no one was in custody, O'Brien said.
The Fire Department's Office of Fire Investigations determined that the fire was incendiary--meaning that it was somehow started by a person--said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford on Saturday.
Firefighters were called to the 2½-story building on Baker Avenue around 6 a.m. Friday, Langford said.
The man found was dead in the bedroom during a primary search, he said.
Smoke detectors were working in the building, Langford said.
Bomb and Arson investigators from the Chicago Police Department are continuing to investigate.