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Updated: September 5, 2014 6:23AM

Chicago Police shot at — but did not wound — a man they saw running from the scene of a fatal shooting near a nightclub on the Near North Side early Sunday.

One man was killed and one was injured in the shooting near Bodi, a nightclub in the 800 block of North Orleans Street. The rapper Nas was scheduled to host a party at the club after his performance Saturday at Lollapalooza, according to the club’s website.

Police said officers were on patrol in the area about 3:50 a.m. when they heard gunshots. Officers tried to “engage” a man who was fleeing the scene, but failed to stop him, according to a police spokeswoman. An officer fired his gun at the man but did not hit him, police said.

Martrell Ross, 32, of the 300 block of South Mozart, was found in a nearby alley with a gunshot wound in his abdomen, police said. He was declared dead at the scene about 4:15 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. A 21-year-old man was shot in the chest. He was in serious condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.

Police declined to provide further information about the shooting.

A representative of the club could not be reached for comment Sunday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police-involved shootings, said the agency is not conducting an investigation of the officer’s use of force because he did not strike the man he fired at.

Another Lollapalooza performer, Big Boi of the duo Outkast, also played in the neighborhood Saturday night. He performed at Parliament nightclub, on Chicago Avenue near Orleans, about a block south of Bodi.

From the stage at Lollapalooza, Big Boi had lamented recent violent incidents at Lollapalooza and in the city, declaring:

“I know there’s been some trouble in Chicago — gotta put those guns down and crunk with some herb.”

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire


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