A Chicago woman has been shot dead while social distancing outside a 7-Eleven store, as a spate of homicides sees the city record its deadliest day of violence in two years.
Alexandria Baute, 27, was gunned down Tuesday night as she lined up outside the convenience store in Chicago's Logan Square area, according to authorities.
Police said the killing took place at around 8pm next to a 7-Eleven store, just blocks from the victim's apartment.
Baute was following coronavirus social distancing rules standing in line with a friend to go into the store to buy cigarettes, officers told the Chicago Tribune.
Alexandria Baute, 27, was gunned down Tuesday night as she lined up outside the convenience store in Chicago's Logan Square area while following social distancing rules, authorities said
The victim's friend, who has not been named, went to lock up his bike and returned to find Baute lying on the ground, the Tribune reported.
'He thought she tripped,' Baute's heartbroken father Jeffrey Baute told the Tribune.
The friend reportedly did not know she had been shot and rolled her over and saw that she was bleeding from the mouth.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed her to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 8:45 pm, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
No arrests have been made in connection with the killing.
'No one is in custody at this time,' Chicago police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli told the New York Post Thursday afternoon.
'It remains an open and active investigation. No offender description is available.'
Police said the killing took place at around 8pm next to the 7-Eleven store pictured above, just blocks from the victim's apartment
According to police, an individual fired eight rounds of bullets just a few blocks away from where Baute was shot that night.
It is not yet known if the two incidents are related.
Authorities are now tracking down surveillance footage from nearby businesses to try to identify a suspect, the Tribune reported.
Her father said a $6,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest of his daughter's killer.
Jeffery paid tribute to his daughter as a 'little rebel rocker', who he said had been working at a tavern nearby until she lost her job when the city shuttered restaurants and bars mid-March and went into lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Baute was following coronavirus social distancing rules standing in line with a friend to go into the store to buy cigarettes. Her friend found her lying on the ground outside the store after he returned from locking up his bike. The victim had recently lost her job at a tavern when the city went into lockdown and shuttered restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic
Baute had only just returned to Chicago a couple of days before her murder, after she went to stay with her father in the suburbs for two weeks after the restaurant closed, he said.
'She was awesome,' he told the Tribune. 'She was vibrant and happy. Full of life, independent and stubborn. She wanted to make people happy and to live life and to be happy.'
Baute's brutal murder was one of eight homicides in Chicago on Tuesday, which saw the city record its deadliest day of violence in almost two years.