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October 22, 2003
Uptown woman charged with murder
By Jack Bess, Managing Editor

Bond was set at $500,000 for an Uptown woman charged with the murder of a man found in a van in an alley behind the 900 block of West Eastwood Avenue, according to a Cook County state's attorney's spokesman.

Gennifer H. Jackson, 24, of the 4600 block of North Racine Avenue, is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 10, the spokeswoman said.

The victim, Tyriss R. Washington, 27, whose last known address was on the 13100 block of South Vernon Avenue, was found at 8:40 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in the driver's seat of a 1989 Chevrolet van with a gunshot wound to the back of his head, Mohr said.

He was taken from the scene to the Cook County medical examiner's office, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have issued a warrant for first-degree murder for a 34-year-old man in connection with the incident, Mohr said Monday, Oct. 20.

In an unrelated incident, an Uptown man was fatally shot and two others wounded by a pair of men in a suspected gang incident at 1:25 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, on the 5800 block of North Ridge Avenue, police said.

The victim, Albert Council, 28, of the 4600 block of North Beacon Street, and the two other victims were on the front steps of a building when they were approached by two young men, one holding a semi-automatic handgun, the other a revolver, said Mohr, of the Chicago Police Department.

They opened fire, hitting Council in the upper left shoulder. Then they fled west on Ardmore Avenue.

He was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Mohr said.

One of the other victims, 25, was shot in the left and right thighs; the third, 17, was hit above the right ankle, Mohr said. They were both treated and released from Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Council was previously shot just after 12:01 a.m. Oct. 9, on the 4500 block of North Sheridan Road, Mohr said. In that incident, he was wounded in the right buttock, then treated and released from Weiss Memorial Hospital, she said.

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