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2 Men Charged In Deadly Washington Park Shooting

Yecary Harris (left) has been charged with first-degree murder and Rodney Harris (right) has been charged with aggravated fleeing in connection with the shooting death of Christopher Thomas in the Washington Park neighborhood. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Yecary Harris (left) has been charged with first-degree murder and Rodney Harris (right) has been charged with aggravated fleeing in connection with the shooting death of Christopher Thomas in the Washington Park neighborhood. (Credit: Chicago Police)

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CHICAGO (STMW) – Two men have been charged early Tuesday in connection to the shooting death of a 28-year-old man on the South Side that sparked a police chase on the Dan Ryan Expressway, authorities said.

Yecary Harris, 30, and Rodney Harris, 31, face felony charges after Christopher Thomas was gunned downed in the Washington Park neighborhood Sunday night, police said. Yecary, of the 8300 block of South Anthony Avenue, has been charged with first degree murder, according to a police statement, and Rodney, of the 900 block of West 76th Street, has been charged with aggravated fleeing and was issued various traffic citations.

Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said he did not know if the two men charged were related. Both men are expected to appear in bond court Tuesday, the police statement said.

The fatal shooting happened about 5:10 p.m. Sunday in the 5000 block of South Indiana Avenue, police said. Thomas, of the 5100 block of South King Drive, was dead at the scene, authorities said.

Police officers were able to arrive at the scene of the shooting just in time to see two suspects take off in a car, police said.

The officers followed the car onto the Dan Ryan, where the car crashed into another vehicle at the 43rd Street exit, police said, adding that the driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Officers were able to arrest the duo near 43rd Street and Indiana Avenue after the suspects tried running away, the police statement said. Police found a weapon in the men’s possession, police said.

Thomas’ sister Chrystal Kyles told the Chicago Sun-Times that her brother was the father of a young girl.

“You never think the violence will hit directly at your home,” Kyles told the Sun-Times.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)