Monday, December 28, 2009

Gunman empties gun on man in car, reloads, empties again in Chatham

Myron Thomas was sitting in a car in the Chatham neighborhood Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on him two separate times, leaving him dead with 13 gunshot wounds, sources said.
Thomas, 25, of the 6500 block of South Harvard Avenue, was shot multiple times East 82nd Street and South Evans Avenue and was pronounced dead at 8:36 p.m. Sunday at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Thomas was sitting in the driver’s seat of a 2001 Oldsmobile when an unidentified gunman approached at 7:41 p.m. and fired shots into the vehicle, striking him several times, including in the head, police said.
Sources said Thomas was sitting in a parked car when another vehicle pulled up from behind and a gunman exited with a handgun of an unknown caliber and fired multiple shots into the vehicle in which Thomas was sitting.
People in the area noticed the shooting, and a neighbor told police she heard seven or eight shots. The gunman then discarded the empty clip, reloaded and began shooting again, sources said.
Responding officers found Thomas slumped over the wheel of the car and several bullet holes in the car. Chicago Fire Department ambulance No. 37 took Thomas to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Thomas reportedly suffered 13 gunshot wounds, sources said. An autopsy is scheduled for later Monday, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Thomas had no listed gang affiliation, sources said. A motive was not immediately known, police said.
Calumet Area detectives are investigating, but nobody is in custody Monday morning.

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