After being shot 64 times in the head and other parts of his body shortly after being discharged from jail, a Chicago rapper was pronounced dead at the hospital on Saturday, July 10.
At around 8.50 p.m. local time, police reported that Londre Sylvester, 31, had “just been released” from custody and was walking next to a 60-year-old woman “to an awaiting vehicle, when several unknown (suspects) exited two separate vehicles and all began to shoot in Sylvester’s direction, striking him numerous times.”
Sylvester was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was found dead shortly before 9.30 p.m. On July 11, his family was informed.
According to witnesses, two armed males allegedly jumped from a vehicle and began shooting at Sylvester, injuring him in the face and chest. On the 2700 block of West 27th Street, authorities discovered at least 59 shell casings opposite the street from the jail.
Along with Sylvester’s murder, two others were wounded in the shooting just outside the Cook County Jail in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. According to authorities, the 60-year-old woman who was walking with him at the time of the shooting was shot in the knee but is in good condition at Stroger Hospital.
A gunshot grazed the side of the face of a 30-year-old lady, who was later said to be in good health. She was an activist and worked from a tent outside the jail to assist people following their release, CWB Chicago reported.
The suspects returned to their vehicles after the incident and drove off in various directions. It seemed Sylvester was the main target, whereas the women were shot accidentally, according to the police report.
As of late Sunday, no arrests had been made. An autopsy result will be disclosed in the coming weeks, said the Chicago Tribune.
KTS Dre (KTS means “Kill To Survive”) was the stage name of Sylvester. He had the phrase tattooed on his neck, along with a target symbol. According to data published by multiple newspapers, he had been sentenced to prison four times since 2010. Weapons offenses were three of them.
According to public records, Sylvester was apprehended on April 27, 2020, accused of possessing a weapon and disobeying police. A judge ordered him to be held in lieu of $50,000, CWB Chicago reported. He was also jailed without bail for an amnesty breach, which was escalated to a regular armed criminal.
The incident occurs as Chicago deals with a spike in violent crime over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Between July 2nd and July 4th, at least 108 people were shot, including 17 fatalities, said police data.
Chicago, a city of 2.7 million people, experienced 78 murders in June, the most recent crime figures reported. According to Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot, joblessness, poverty, and out-of-state gun smuggling were to blame for the city’s unending crime spiral.