Police Kill Gunman On Southwest Side

Police Say Incident Preceded By Deadly Gang-Related Shooting


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CHICAGO (STNG) ― A man was shot to death in a possible gang confrontation just before a second man was fatally shot by responding officers in the South Side's Marquette Park neighborhood early Sunday.

About 2:15 a.m., James Sorensen, 21, was fatally shot in a possible gang-related confrontation at 6057 S. Kedzie Ave., according to a police source, who said the shooting happened while the man was walking on the sidewalk. It was not a drive-by, police said.

Sorensen, of 3521 W. 73rd Pl., was later pronounced dead at Holy Cross Hospital at 3:33 a.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said.

About the same time and location, another man was fatally shot by police, a source said, who declined to disclose whether that man was involved in the death of Sorensen.

At about 2:15 a.m., a Chicago Lawn District police unit responded to a call of shots fired on the 6100 block of South Kedzie Avenue, according to police News Affairs.

An adult male was shot by police and died from his injuries Sunday morning, Independent Police Review Authority spokesman Mark Payne said.

Jose Rios, 25, of 2141 S. Atchison Ave. in Whiting, Ind., was shot at 6154 S. Troy St. and pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 5:50 a.m., according to the medical examiner's office.

Police say officers responding to the scene were confronted by an armed man, an exchange of gunfire ensued and that man was shot.

Rios was initially transported to Christ Medical Center in critical condition, according to News Affairs.

A weapon was recovered on the scene, police said.

The police-involved shooting is being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority and Wentworth Area detectives are investigating Sorensen's slaying.

This was the second police-involved shooting over the holiday weekend.

On Friday evening, an adult male was shot by police at 2046 E. 83rd St., Independent Police Review Authority spokesman Mark Payne said.

Officers, on routine patrol, observed a vehicle with an expired license plate and pulled the driver over, police said.

When an officer approached the car, a man exited the vehicle and fled on foot. During the chase, the armed man stopped and pointed a weapon at an officer, police said.

Police recovered a weapon from the scene.

Julian Morgan, 18, of the 1400 block of West 114th Place, was charged with aggravated assault to a police officer, unauthorized use of a weapon and possessing a gun without a firearm owners identification card, according to police News Affairs Officer David Banks.