By Peter Nickeas
10:03 AM EDT, April 25, 2013
A wrap-up of news from the Tribune's breaking news desk.
• A man crashed through a chain-linked fence and into a home after he was shot while driving through the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side, authorities said. Dane Whitfield, 31, was found unresponsive in the black Kia Optima and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Read more
• Police are questioning a suspect in the case of an Indiana businesswoman who was kidnapped and found shot to death in a Gary casino’s parking lot a month ago. Mary C. Austgen, 76, was taken at gunpoint from her family business, Austgen Electric Inc. in Griffith around 5:40 p.m. on March 28, according to police. Workers for the Majestic Star Casino found Austgen dead in her GMC Yukon Denali early March 29 in a parking garage, police said. Read more
• A car with a 1-year-old child in the back seat was stolen from a gas station parking lot on the West Side, but the toddler was found safe minutes later, authorities said. The mother had left the car running in the 3100 block of West Chicago Avenue as she ducked into the gas station about 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Officers found the car, a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, around the corner in the 600 block of North Kedzie Avenue a few minutes later. Read more
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