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A Chicago judge was killed and a woman was wounded in a shooting early Monday morning outside the judge’s home, according to police.
Officers responded to a 4:51 a.m. call to shots fired in the West Chesterfield neighborhood on the city's South Side where they found the judge with several gunshot wounds. The Chicago Tribune identified him as 66-year-old Associate Judge Raymond Myles.
He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Paramedics rushed a 52-year-old woman hit in the leg to the hospital in serious condition. The relationship between the judge and the woman was unclear.
Police reported nobody in custody as they launched a homicide investigation.
"You have our word that we will not let his life be lost in vain," Chicago Police Department 1st Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro told reporters.
Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples said there have "some patterns of robberies" in the area.
Staples added that the woman encountered someone with a gun outside the home, they exchanged words and the woman was shot.
Myles heard the commotion and gunshot, and was shot multiple times after also exchanging words with the shooter, according to Staples.
Staples said the suspect, described as a black male, then fled the area on foot. Authorities are reviewing multiple video cameras in the area to figure out a vehicle he may have gotten into.
Myles had been involved in several high-profile cases, such as the murder of relatives of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson in 2008, when he ordered William Balfour to be held without bond.
Myles was attacked in 2015 after a minor traffic collision after taking pictures of the damage on his car, the Tribune added. The other driver punched him in the face, causing serious injuries, according to court records cited in the newspaper.
"I heard maybe six shots. The shots woke me up, and the screaming of the woman woke me up. She was screaming, 'Don't kill him, don't kill him!'" an unidentified neighbor told the Tribune, saying the judge and the woman often left the home early in the morning to work out at a nearby health club.
Chief Judge Timothy Evans said in a statement that colleagues knew Myles "for his kindness and his impartial administration of justice."
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.