Man found dead with gunshot wound after Avalon Park fire

- A man was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head after a fire in an automotive repair shop Tuesday morning in the South Side Avalon Park neighborhood.

Firefighters responded about 6:40 a.m. to the blaze at the business in the 8000 block of South Stony Island, according to Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Curtis Hudson.

The 56-year-old man was found dead after the fire was extinguished less than an hour later, according to Hudson and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He had a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

An autopsy Wednesday did not rule on his cause and manner of death pending the police investigation.

Area South and arson detectives are conducting a death investigation.

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