Chicago – A nephew of NBA superstar Dwyane Wade was one of five people wounded in a gang-related shooting at a South Side convenience store Thursday night that also left one man dead.
Two men entered the Bishop Golden Store in the 1400 block of West 79th Street and opened fire on the people inside about 6 p.m., killing one man and wounding five others, police said.
The Rev. Michael Pfleger said Friday that one of the wounded was a nephew of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade. The nephew is 20-years-old and police sources told FOX Chicago News that he is a gang member.
“I don’t have all of the details at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with all involved, including my nephew and sister,” Wade said in a statement. “Having grown up in the inner-city, I am aware of the difficult realities that exist on the streets. One of the goals of my foundation, the Wade’s World Foundation, is to continue to spread the message that the violence needs to stop.”
On Friday, with 13 people shot in Chicago in less than six hours, protesters marched on the city’s South Side in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. They said they’re mad and some are afraid, but they’re willing to take the right steps to take back these streets.
Investigators said Thursday’s shooting was gang-related, with rivals shooting at each other, but too many times innocent people are caught in the crossfire and the residents are sick and tired of the senseless shootings and killings.
“I’m not afraid to be in the community,” said Andrea Banks, who is a parent. “I feel like we have to make our voice heard. I have kids in this community and I have kids that have to ride the bus. My concern is I want to know that when my kids leave the house that they can get to school safely.”
Detectives are reviewing footage from a Chicago Police camera stationed across the street from the store, according to police, who said the suspects fled north on Bishop Street in a silver SUV.
Killed in the attack was Shawndell Harris, 22, of the 9100 block of South Perry Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. He was dead at the scene.
The wounded ranged in age from 16 to 25, police said. Four were initially hospitalized in critical condition, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.
Police called the shooting gang-related.
Pfleger, pastor of nearby St. Sabina Church, said he attempted to visit the store on Friday, but the owner would not let him inside.
“One of the things I’ve been saying is that we have to do something about these stores that are the street offices of gangs,” Pfleger said. “We have to stop letting these kind of stores destroy our communities by letting the gangs hang out there.”
All six people were inside the small store when they were wounded, but some had stumbled outside by the time paramedics arrived. Numerous shell casings remained on the floor when officers arrived, a source said.
Londale McNeal, a pastor at a church next door to the store, said he heard “about 10 to 12 shots ring out” and saw two men in dark hooded sweatshirts jump into a vehicle. McNeal was with his wife, daughter and grandson.
Police said no one was in custody Friday evening.
On Friday night, a community group will rally at 79th and Bishop streets to send a message to the shooters and call for an end to violence in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood.