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Person of interest in girls’ shootings turns himself in

Updated: August 14, 2012 6:36AM

A man turned himself in to police Thursday evening in connection with the shooting of two girls in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side, officials said.

The man, who police say is a person of interest, turned himself in to Area South detectives, according to police.

His family contacted anti-violence group CeaseFire Roseland through a lawyer to facilitate the surrender, said Bob Jackson, head of CeaseFire Roseland. Jackson said the man wanted to clear his name, as witnesses pointed him out as the gunman.

“The man was marked for death on the street and the family didn’t know where to turn to,” Jackson said, adding that family feared gangs would seek revenge and took refuge at a safe house since the shooting.

The girls were outside in the 1300 block of West 117th when they were shot just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. Nikia Turner, 12, was shot in the stomach and Tishona Polk, 13, was shot in the buttocks.

Police had been searching for suspects.

Police said the shooting was gang-related, but Jackson said the family of the man insists he is not affiliated with a gang.

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