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Man Killed, Four Others Wounded In Two Related Austin Shootings

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(STMW) — A man was killed and four other people were injured Saturday evening in two shootings that are thought to be connected in the West Side Austin neighborhood, police said.

A cab driver was picking up two passengers in the 900 block of North Mayfield Avenue about 6:01 p.m. when shots rang out, police said.

A 21-year-old man, identified as Jaquan Hardy, and a 43-year-old woman were getting into the cab when they heard shots and realized they’d been hit, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Hardy, of the 5800 block of West Augusta Boulevard, was shot in the head and taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he was pronounced dead at 8:21 p.m., authorities said.

The woman and the cab driver, a 53-year-old man, were also hit in the shooting, police said. The man was shot in the abdomen and thigh while the woman was shot in an unknown location, and both were taken to West Suburban in “stable” condition.

A short time later, two men playing basketball a few blocks away in the 900 block of North Massasoit Avenue heard what they thought were firecrackers before they realized they’d been shot, police said.

One of the men, 26, was shot in the foot and thigh, while the other, 33, was shot in the right foot, Pacheco said. Both were taken to West Suburban in “stable” condition.

Police believe the two shootings were related, police said.

A police source said the man killed was a documented gang member.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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