‘Completely innocent’ woman killed, man wounded in Bronzeville shooting

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CHICAGO – A woman was killed and a man wounded in a shooting Friday afternoon in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood.
Police say around 4 p.m. 49-year-old Yvonne Nelson was exiting the Starbucks near 35th and State when a gunman open fired. She was struck in the chest.

A 19-year-old man, who police say was the intended target, was also struck several times and taken to the hospital.
“This incident right here highlights what I’ve been saying for the last month and a half about how brazen these violent offenders are,” said Police Supt. Eddie Johnson

Yvonne Nelson worked for the city’s Office of Emergency Management. She was a 311 operator.

She had just gotten off of work when she was shot.

Her co-workers in the West Lexington 311 center say there were screams in her workplace when they learned of her death.

Yvonne Nelson

Yvonne Nelson

A statement from OEMC says thoughts and prayers are with family, friends and colleagues that she will be deeply missed by her fellow staff at 311.

Yvonne Nelson was a dedicated and hardworking employee of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, where she served as a communications operator in the 311 City Services division since 2002. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time. She will be deeply missed by her fellow staff at 311.

The accused gang member who police say was the target of this shooting is in stable condition at the hospital with gunshot wounds to his hand and buttocks.

He worked at the nearby Jimmy John’s where co-workers say the gang label is not true.

Mayor Emanuel has called Yvonne Nelson’s family to offer his condolences.

The gunman is still at large.

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