A 41-year-old man was fatally shot in the Bronzeville neighborhood early Friday, according to police.
The man was shot in the neck while driving a Volvo sedan in the 4700 block of South Martin Luther King Drive about 3:15 a.m., police wrote in a media notification. He drove into a vacant lot before crashing in an alley and was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
No one was in custody Friday morning as detectives continued to investigate, police wrote. Authorities had not publicly identified the man.
His death was the first homicide reported by Chicago police in the new year.
Thursday night marked the end of an exceptionally violent year in Chicago. The city recorded more than 760 homicides, an increase of more than 50% over 2019. Meanwhile, there were more than 3,200 shootings in 2020, also an increase of more than 50%.