3 shot, 2 fatally Monday in Chicago

Three people where shot, two of them fatally, Monday in Chicago, including two men who shot and killed each other after one of them ambushed the other while he was with his 18-month-old son in Chicago Lawn on the South Side.

Alton D. Ellis, 31, was with his toddler about 8:40 a.m. in the 6200 block of South Mozart Street when another man approached him on foot and fired shots, Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Ellis was struck in the chest and twice in his torso, and fired shots in return, police said. The toddler was unharmed.

Police initially said Ellis was taking his son to school when the shooting happened, and his son ran to get help. They later said that a 23-year-old woman heard the gunshots from inside her apartment and found Ellis outside with gunshot wounds.

A 24-year-old man, who allegedly fired shots first, was struck in both of his thighs, police said.

Officers responded to the gunfire and found the 24-year-old in a car with gunshots and applied a tourniquet, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and pronounced dead.

Ellis, who police said was targeted for “unknown reasons,” was taken to Holy Cross Hospital and also pronounced dead.

Area Central detectives are conducting a homicide investigation. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately release details about the deaths.

The day’s only other shooting wounded a 28-year-old man in West Elsdon on the Southwest Side.

He was walking on the sidewalk about 2:10 a.m. in the 5400 block of South Kildare Avenue when two males approached him and opened fire, police said.

The man was struck in the groin, and his condition was stabilized at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

No one is in custody as Area Central detectives investigate.