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Suspect arrested in deaths of woman, three children in Chicago; 2 wounded

People gathered near the Chicago home where four people were killed yesterday. Police say the shooter is related to the victims. People gathered near the Chicago home where four people were killed yesterday. Police say the shooter is related to the victims. (Alex Garcia/ Chicago Tribune via Associated Press)
Associated Press / April 15, 2010

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CHICAGO — A gunman opened fire on a house on Chicago’s southwest side yesterday, killing a woman and three children — including a 7-month-old boy — and wounding two others, police said.

The gunman, who was arrested several miles away, told police he went on the shooting spree after hearing voices that told him to kill members of his family, a person close to the investigation said.

Police believe the gunman is related to the victims but have not said how. Amina Greer, Chicago police spokeswoman, said the shooting may have been the result of a domestic situation.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the victims as: Jahad Larry, 7 months; Kelesha Larry, 3; Keyshai Fields, 16; and Tawana Thompson Larry, 19. Neither the medical examiner’s office nor police would say how the victims were related, but court records show Tawana Thompson Larry was the infant’s mother.

An adult woman, Leona Larry, was in critical condition at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn and a 13-year-old male was in fair condition, according to the hospital.

The shootings at the brick home happened about 4:30 a.m., and the man was arrested about 90 minutes later, police said. Authorities found a handgun and were trying to determine whether it was used in the shootings. Police did not identify the alleged gunman.

At the time of the shootings, the man chased a 12-year-old girl out of the house and fired at least one shot at her but missed, according to the person close to the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk about an ongoing case. The girl later told police what happened, he said.

“This is a really bad crime scene,’’ said John Kupczk, Chicago Lawn District commander. “Something like this is pretty incomprehensible.’’