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James D. Myles Waukegan was found east alley 1800 block JacksNorth Chicago June 1 2013.  Officers determined he suffered

James D. Myles of Waukegan was found in the east of the alley of the 1800 block of Jackson in North Chicago June 1, 2013. Officers determined he suffered two (2) a gunshot wounds.

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Updated: August 3, 2013 2:28AM

Witnesses to a fatal shooting off Jackson Street in North Chicago late Saturday, June 1, told police the shooter was a man in a black hoodie.

North Chicago police officers responded at 11:23 p.m. to shots fired in an alley east of the 1800 block of Jackson Street and discovered James Myles, 21, shot twice, lying in the grass. According to Lake County Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd, he was shot once in the head and once in the leg.

Myles, a resident of Waukegan, was still alive, according to police, but unresponsive and had lost a lot of blood. He was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he was pronounced dead at 4:58 a.m. Sunday, June 2.

The Detective Bureau and North Chicago Police Department Major Crimes Unit are investigating. Detectives interviewed witnesses who reported hearing several gunshots and seeing the victim in the grass before calling 9-1-1, according to North Chicago Police Sgt. Sal Cecala.

In canvassing the area, police also learned from witnesses that Myles “apparently drove to the location in his van and was shot by an unknown male wearing a black hoodie.”

Witnesses told investigators that the shooting was possibly motivated by an altercation earlier the same evening.

North Chicago Criminal Division detectives have identified a person of interest, according to Cecala, but no warrant had been issued as of late Monday morning.

Myles is the second homicide victim in North Chicago this year. The death of Janay McFarlane, who was shot in the head on Feb. 15 as she walked with friends in an alley off Jackson, just north of 14th Street, earned national attention because it happened hours after her sister shared a stage in Chicago with President Barack Obama.

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