Police Release Video Of Gunmen Shooting Into Store

WBBM Newsradio Staff
February 26, 2020 - 7:33 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago police have released surveillance video showing a trio of suspects firing into an Avalon Park convenience store — a shooting that left a woman dead and four others wounded — in hopes the public will help them solve the crime.

The attackers got out of a car about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday at 79th Street and Avalon Avenue and walked up to front entrance of the store. They opened the door and fired several shots inside before fleeing, police said.

Jaya Beemon, 18, was shot in the neck and pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Detectives believe the suspects were targeting a boy inside the store, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The wounded include: an 18-year-old woman who was shot in the back; a 63-year-old man who was shot in the leg; a 17-year-old girl, who was shot in the arm, chest and ankle; and a 19-year-old man, shot in the leg.

The surveillance images released by Chicago police Wednesday show a white, four-door sedan with damage to the rear bumper. Police say this vehicle was used in the crime.

Car Used In Fatal Store Shooting
Police say the suspects drove off in a white car after the shooting Feb. 25, 2020, in the 7900 block of South Avalon Avenue. | Chicago police