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Chatham Triple Murder: Chanda Thompson, 2 Others Killed After Picking Up Toddler's Birthday Cake

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Chicago police have charged a 17-year-old male in connection with a South Side shooting that left three people dead Saturday night.

Nicko Grayson, of the 7000 block of South Perry Avenue in Chicago, now faces three counts of first-degree murder, ABC Chicago reports. Three witnesses identified him in a lineup.

Grayson was denied bail in court Tuesday as Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil said she had to "consider the defendant’s danger to himself and to the community," according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chanda Thompson and Cortez Champion were among the three killed in the shooting, which occurred on the 8700 block of King Drive in a parking lot outside a Church's Chicken and a bakery, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. All three victims were 21 years old. Thompson was from south suburban Calumet City, while Champion lived in the 9100 block of South Harper Avenue.

The three, according to ABC, were at the bakery, A Piece of Cake, to pick up a birthday cake for Thompson's 2-year-old daughter. They had returned to their vehicle when the gunman ran up to the car, opened fire and fled the scene.

Shawn Russell, also of Calumet City, was not originally identified by police but was listed as the third shooting victim by the Chicago Tribune.

“She was working, going to school and raising a 2-year-old,” Thompson's brother told the Sun-Times. “I don’t understand why this happened.”

Police have not yet identified a motive but suspect that the shooter may have been targeting one of the two men in the car with Thompson.

Meanwhile, Grayson is due back in court Nov. 28.

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