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One dead, five wounded in shooting outside Far South Side birthday party

Updated: May 19, 2012 10:56PM

One person was dead and five others were wounded early Saturday when a gunman walked up and opened fire at a crowd outside on the Far South Side.

The shooter, an unknown male, walked up to a group on a porch in the 11600 block of South Peoria Avenue and opened fire at 2:28 a.m., police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

The wounded were among a crowd gathered for a birthday party, Calumet District police said.

Paramedics took Melvin Jacobs, 23, to Advocate Trinity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Melvin lived in the 16200 block of South Paulina Street in south suburban Markham, the medical examiner’s office said.

A 32-year-old man was shot in the head and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition.

Another man, 26, was also taken to Christ Hospital for a gunshot wound to the right thigh while a third man, 25, was shot in the back and taken to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, Zala said.

A woman, 37, was shot in the thigh and taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Zala said. The second woman suffered a graze wound to her back and refused medical attention.

The shooter fled and was not in custody as of Saturday night.

Area South detectives are investigating.

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