Northeast Times

Two fatal shootings on Christmas Eve

Au­thor­it­ies have iden­ti­fied the vic­tim of a Christ­mas Eve murder in the North­east and ruled a second fatal shoot­ing as a sui­cide.

Shots rang out shortly after mid­night at the rear of prop­er­ties on the 7100 block of Whi­taker Ave. in Burholme. Po­lice found Sylvester Mitchell, 37, of the 100 block of W. Nedro St., ly­ing on the ground with a gun­shot wound of the head. Mitchell died at the scene.

De­tect­ives have not dis­closed sus­pects or a motive for the slay­ing, said Of­ficer Christine O’Bri­en, a po­lice de­part­ment spokes­wo­man.

Later that morn­ing in May­fair, a 46-year-old man died from a self-in­flic­ted gun­shot wound. Po­lice have not dis­closed the name of the vic­tim, who was found at 10:23 a.m. be­hind a prop­erty on the 4600 block of Dever­eaux Ave., O’Bri­en said. He had a single wound of the chest and died at the scene. ••

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