Man charged in shooting 4 at Chicago restaurant

2017-04-05 18:01
This photo shows Maurice Harris, who has been charged in the fatal shootings of several men at or near a Chicago restaurant. (Chicago Police Department, AP)

This photo shows Maurice Harris, who has been charged in the fatal shootings of several men at or near a Chicago restaurant. (Chicago Police Department, AP)

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Chicago - A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder in the likely gang-related fatal shooting of four men in and around a South Side Chicago restaurant, police announced on Wednesday.

Maurice Harris faces four counts of first-degree murder in the March 30 slayings in the South Shore neighbourhood, Chicago police said in a statement.

Two of the men were found dead inside the restaurant, a third was found outside and a fourth was found a block away. They included two brothers whose mother worked at the restaurant.

The deaths were part of gun violence in South Shore that left seven people dead in a 12-hour period. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said last week the shootings were mostly due to gang conflict.

Following the deaths, Johnson promised a heavy and aggressive police presence in South Shore, saying co-ordinated police operations would target the people who are driving the violence.

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