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Woman who was wounded in earlier shooting is killed

The alley behind 2900 block West ArthingtLawndale neighborhood where Kimberly Harris 25 was shot multiple times face head chest legs.

The alley behind 2900 block of West Arthington in Lawndale neighborhood where Kimberly Harris, 25, was shot multiple times in the face, head, chest and legs. Chicago Police working with Chicago Fire dept. recovered evidence on the roof of building in ally of murder, Monday, April 16, 2012 . | John H. White~Sun-Times.

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Updated: May 18, 2012 9:55AM



A woman who survived a shooting last summer — and was a government witness in the case — died in a flurry of bullets on the West Side over the weekend, authorities say.

Kimberly Harris, 25, was shot more than 20 times at about 7 p.m. Sunday in the backyard of a home in the 2900 block of West Arthington in the Lawndale neighborhood, officials said. Three bullets struck her in the face, authorities said.

Harris was previously wounded and her boyfriend killed on Aug. 28. They were having sex in a car in the 1000 block of West Maxwell when they were shot, according to court records.

Demarius Bridges, 23, was charged with last year’s shootings and is awaiting trial.

Harris had identified Bridges as the gunman. She told a grand jury his nickname was Dee-Bo and she knew him since they were teenagers, court records show.

Police found shell casings from two guns at the scene of the Aug. 28 shooting — indicating a second gunman, but only Bridges was charged in the case, records show.

Cook County prosecutors had asked a judge to deny Bridges bail because Harris feared he would harm her upon his release, records show. A judge denied the request, but ordered Bridges held in lieu of $700,000 bail. He’s being held in the Cook County Jail.

Police would not discuss the possible motives for the shootings in August or for Harris’ murder Sunday.

Bridges was previously charged with murder in the 2008 shooting of an 18-year-old man on the West Side, but claimed he acted in self-defense and was found not guilty, records show.



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