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Man Shot, Killed In Early Morning West Town Car Chase

By Jon Graef in News on Apr 19, 2014 4:00PM

A teenage man was shot and killed in Chicago's West Town neighborhood early Saturday morning after a car chase ended when the car being pursued crashed.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the shooting took place near Ashland and Grand Avenues around 2:50 a.m.

DNAInfo identified the victim as 19-year-old Nicolas Ramirez. Police spokesman Jose Estrada told DNAInfo that "the two-car chase resulted in [Ramirez crashing] his car into two vehicles and a concrete median."

According to DNAInfo, "After the crash, [the] shooters emerged from the other car and fired at [Ramirez], who was still in the car. The shooters then fled eastbound."

The Tribune has more:

Police believe the Nissan had been bumping the SUV prior to the crash. After hitting the truck, the SUV careened into a BMW, which wasn't involved in the chase, and came to rest against a median south of Hubbard Street.

Police believe someone from the Nissan opened fire a short time later, killing a man in the SUV. No one else was shot.

Investigators didn't find any shell casings at the scene but did find what appeared to be an identification card in the middle of Ashland Avenue

As of post time, no one is in custody. The shooting, incredibly, wasn't the only shooting in the West Town neighborhood last night.

Since the start of Easter weekend, at least ten people were shot, and two, including Ramirez, were killed. The Sun-Times has more information on the rest of Chicago's shootings.

Last weekend, it wasn't even noon on Saturday when 16 people were shot, and two people killed, in citywide shootings. Ultimately, 36 people were shot in Chicago last weekend. Let's hope the weekend's holiday themes of grace and redemption take hold and no more shootings occur.