Neighborhood Teen Killed in Drive-By Shooting

Published July 26, 2019

Chicago Police Department and media reports state that a 19-year-old man was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting in the vicinity of West 34th Street and South Bell Avenue during the evening on Thursday, July 25. McKinley Park neighborhood resident Anthony Finley was shot from a white-colored SUV coming out of an alley between South Bell Avenue and South Leavitt Street, police said. This is near the rear of Everett Elementary School at 3419 S. Bell Ave.

Finley was shot in the abdomen while walking on the sidewalk and sent in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The white SUV fled west on 34th street after the shooting.

The shooting may be gang-related: Public posts on Anthony Finley's Facebook page indicate gang affiliation, with Finley's Facebook profile picture from July 23 displaying three masked young men throwing gang signs in Hoyne Park, located a couple blocks from where Finley was slain.

Local sources indicate that Finley was a former elementary student at Namaste Charter School in the McKinley Park neighborhood.

Area Central detectives are investigating the incident, with no one reported as being in custody.

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