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1 dead, 5 wounded in overnight violence

Updated: April 30, 2013 9:58AM

One man was killed and five others were injured in overnight gun violence that marked the second time in roughly one week that a person was shot to death near the Chicago home of President Barack Obama.

Henry Atkins, 39, died early Tuesday after he was shot in the chest in the hallway of a Hyde Park apartment building about 12:15 a.m., authorities said.

Atkins and a 22-year-old man were hanging out in a hallway of the building, in the 5200 block of South Harper Avenue, when a gunman approached an opened fire, authorities said.

Police have yet to determine a motive for the shooting, which was under investigation.

Atkins, who lived nearby in the 1400 block of East 52nd Street, was later taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, where he was officially pronounced dead at 4: 40 a.m.

The 22-year-old man was taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand, police said.

The early morning shooting was the second murder to rock the area in recent days. Roughly one week before and less than a mile away, 15-year-old Cornelius “Cornbread” German was shot to death in the 5000 block of South Evans Avenue after a dice game, family and authorities have said.

The Chicago home of President Barack Obama, in the 5000 block of South Greenwood Avenue, stands about a half-mile from both murder scenes.

Gunfire rang out in a different South Side neighborhood minutes after Atkins was shot, during a drive-by shooting that wounded a man in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, police said.

Police said the 28-year-old man was standing on a sidewalk in the 700 block of West 81st Street about 12:35 a.m. when a dark-colored SUV drove by and opened fire.

The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in “stable” condition with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, police said.

Earlier in the night a man was shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, in a shooting police believe was gang-related.

Police said the 28-year-old man was standing on a sidewalk in the 5200 block of South Hermitage Avenue when he was shot in the back about 9:30 p.m., police said. He was listed in good condition.

On the North Side, a bullet struck a male in the foot during a shooting that police also believe to be gang-related.

The male, of an unknown age, was shot in the foot about 10:10 p.m. in the 1600 block of West Jonquil Terrace, police said. He was treated at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston and released, police said.

About 8:09 p.m. a man was shot in the South Side Roseland neighborhood during an armed robbery, police said.

The man, 44, was near 106th Street and Normal Avenue when he was shot, police said. The man was taken in “stable” condition to Roseland Community Hospital in “stable” condition, police said. Further details were not available Tuesday morning.

No one was in custody for any of the shootings as of 6 a.m. Tuesday. The incidents are under investigation.

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