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Minorities Targeted in Chicago

July 3, 1999

CHICAGO (AP) _ Six Orthodox Jews and the black former basketball coach of Northwestern University were wounded in separate drive-by shootings that may be the work of the same person or group.

Minorities were targeted in at least three incidents in the Chicago area Friday night and all were linked to a blue car. Two Asian-Americans were shot at as they sat in their vehicle but were not injured.

There were no immediate arrests.

The victims included former Northwestern coach Ricky Byrdsong, who was critically wounded as he jogged with his children in suburban Skokie.

Byrdsong, 42, was shot in the back near his home, Skokie police Lt. Barry Silverberg said. At least seven shots were fired at Byrdsong, whose children were not injured.

Silverberg said the shots appear to have come from a light blue car.

Earlier, the Orthodox Jews were shot and wounded in four separate shootings as they walked home from Sabbath services in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, not far from Skokie.

None of the wounds was considered life threatening. One man and a 15-year-old boy were in serious condition, two men were in fair condition and two others were treated and released.

Witnesses told Chicago police all of the shots came from a blue car.

In the final incident, Northbrook police said a motorist pulled up beside another car on a major thoroughfare and fired several shots at the two Asian-Americans inside.

A recorded message from Northbrook police said the shots came from a light blue car. The driver was said to be a white man in his 30s.

It is approximately 12 miles from Northbrook to Rogers Park. Skokie is located between the two areas.

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