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Man Found Shot To Death In West Town

Police investigate the scene of a crash and fatal shooting in the 1600 block of West Hubbard Street early Saturday. / photo from Network Video Productions

Police investigate the scene of a crash and fatal shooting in the 1600 block of West Hubbard Street early Saturday. / photo from Network Video Productions

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CHICAGO (STMW) — A man was found shot to death inside a crashed vehicle in the West Town neighborhood early Saturday.

The 19-year-old was found unresponsive about 2:30 a.m. inside a vehicle in the 1600 block of West Hubbard Street, police said.

Two vehicles had been involved in a southbound chase on Ashland Avenue, police said. The vehicle driven by the victim eventually hit two other vehicles in the 1600 block of West Hubbard before crashing into a concrete median.

At least one suspect then fired into the crashed vehicle before driving away eastbound on Hubbard, police said. The man was found with gunshot wounds to the head and leg.

Nicholas Ramirez, of the 3900 block of South Rockwell Street, was dead at the scene, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

An SUV at the scene appeared to have crashed into a planter box in the street’s median. A nearby parked truck and another car were also visibly damaged.

An unoccupied vehicle that may have been involved in the chase was later found in an alley in the 1400 block of West Grand Avenue, police said.

Police believe the shooting may have been gang-related.

No one is in custody as Area Central detectives conduct a homicide investigation.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)