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One man was killed and another wounded when gunfire erupted inside a Hyde Park apartment building early Tuesday.

The two men were standing in a hallway of an apartment building in the 5200 block of South Harper Street about 12:15 a.m. when a gunman approached and opened fire, police said.

Henry Atkins, 39, died from a gunshot wound to the chest, authorities said. Atkins, who lived nearby in the1400 block of East 52nd Street, was later taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, where he was pronounced dead at 4:40 a.m.

The second man, who is 22, was shot in the hand, police said. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment, police said. His condition was not known. They were two of four people shot Monday night.

Police said they have yet to establish a motive for the shooting.

No one was in custody Tuesday morning as Area Central detectives investigated.

The early morning shooting was the second murder to rock the area in recent days. Roughly one week before and less than a mile away, 15-year-old Cornelius "Cornbread" German was shot to death in the 5000 block of South Evans Avenue.

The Chicago home of President Barack Obama, in the 5000 block of South Greenwood Avenue, stands about a half-mile from both murder scenes.

Reporting from Sun-Times Media Wire

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The National Public Radio program "This American Life" profiled Chicago's Harper High school in a powerful two-part series in March. Today, Michelle Obama will visit the South Side school to take part in a discussion about gun violence in the city.

Listen here to both episodes. Find the full report on their site.


Much of President Obama's trip will involve events in Jerusalem, but he will also visit the West Bank and Jordan. Click on the map to see what he will be doing at each location:

Lynn Sweet has more on the Obama trip.

President Obama, in his State of the Union speech Tuesday, called attention to the sad tale of Hadiya Pendleton, the innocent 15-year-old girl gunned down by gang gunfire in a case of mistaken identity and yet another tragic bit of Chicago gun violence.

Obama, in telling Hadiya's story, mentioned that she died just a mile from his house.

Photojournalists Jessica Koscielniak and Jon Sall travelled that distance to see just how far a mile really is when it comes to Chicago's streets and neighborhood.


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