A nephew of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade was one of 13 men shot – two fatally – during a violent six-hour stretch in Chicago, another indication that violence is on the rise in the nation’s third-largest city. A spokesperson for Wade confirmed that his nephew was one of those injured in a Thursday shooting at a convenience store. The spokesperson declined to confirm the nephew’s name or condition. Wade’s nephew was one of six males shot at a store on Chicago’s South Side at about 6 p.m. Thursday by hooded men who police said fled the scene in an SUV. One man was dead at the scene and four others – ranging in age from 16 to 24 – were hospitalized in critical condition. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the slain man as Shawndell Harris, 22.
In a released statement, Wade shared:
“I don’t have all of the details at this time…My thoughts and prayers are with all involved, including my nephew and sister. Having grown up in the inner-city, I am aware of the difficult realities that exist on the streets. One of the goals of my foundation, the Wade’s World Foundation, is to continue to spread the message that the violence needs to stop.”