Cops question teen in weekend triple homicide in Chatham

Chicago police tonight were questioning a person, reportedly a teenager, in a weekend shooting outside a South Side bakery that left three young adults dead.

Police wouldn't say whether the person was a witness or a suspect, though WBBM-TV stated the person was a 17-year-old boy chosen from a photo lineup by witnesses.

The shooting happened about 5 p.m. Saturday on the 8700 block of South King Drive. The three victims were sitting in a car in a parking lot outside a Church's Chicken and a bakery, authorities said.

Killed were Shawn Russell and Chanda Thompson -- both of south suburban Calumet City -- and Cortez Champion, of the 9100 block of South Harper Avenue, according to Chicago police. All three victims were 21.

Two or three of them apparently had just returned to the car from the bakery when a gunman emerged from a nearby alley on foot and shot up the vehicle, authorities said. They said the gunman fled the scene on foot, but may have had a getaway vehicle nearby.

Police haven't discussed a motive for the shooting, but said no one has been charged in the slayings.


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