Rapper, 31, dies after being shot 64 times as he walked out of Chicago jail


Rapper, 31, dies after being shot 64 times by two gunmen who ambushed him as he walked out of Chicago jail

  • Three people shot in what Chicago police are calling an ambush on Saturday 
  • One of the victims was Londre Sylvester, 31, also known as rapper KTS Dre 
  • Police say Sylvester suffered more than 60 bullet wounds to face and body 
  • He was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead 
  • Sylvester was shot as he walked out of Cook County Jail in Little Village 
  • A woman, 60, who was with Sylvester suffered a gunshot wound to the knee 
  • Another woman, 30, who was a bystander had a bullet graze her face, per police 

Londre Sylvester, 31, was one of three people who were shot just outside Cook County Jail in the Little Village section of Chicago on Saturday

A Chicago rapper died after suffering as many as 64 bullet wounds to his head and other parts of his body in what police are calling an ambush shooting just as he was released from jail.

Londre Sylvester, 31, who is known by his stage name KTS Dre, was one of three people who were shot just outside Cook County Jail in the Little Village section of Chicago on Saturday.

The shooting took place as Sylvester was released from the jail while wearing a monitoring device on his ankle, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Witnesses reported that two armed men stepped outside a vehicle and started shooting Sylvester, striking him in the face and chest.

Investigators found at least 59 shell casings on the 2700 block of West 27th Street, which is across the street from the jail.

Sylvester was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before 9.30pm on Saturday. His next of kin were notified on Sunday.

A 60-year-old woman who was reportedly with him at the time of the shooting suffered a wound to the knee. She was listed in good condition at Stroger Hospital, according to police.

The shooting took place as Sylvester was released from the jail while wearing a monitoring device on his ankle

The shooting took place as Sylvester was released from the jail while wearing a monitoring device on his ankle

Investigators found as many as 59 shell casings on the 2700 block of West 27th Street, which is across the street from the jail

Investigators found as many as 59 shell casings on the 2700 block of West 27th Street, which is across the street from the jail

Another woman, 30, had a bullet graze the side of her face. She is said to be in good condition.

No arrests have been made as of late Sunday.

Sylvester had been jailed for violation of bail bond for violating the conditions of his release in a 2020 felony gun case. 

He was fitted for electronic monitoring before walking free on Saturday. 

The shooting comes as Chicago continues to grapple with a surge in violent crime over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Statistics from the police department showed that at least 108 people were shot, 17 fatally, between July 2nd and July 4th.

Eleven children, some as young as five and six, were wounded in what was the most violent weekend of the year. Two cops were among the city’s shooting victims.

Sylvester is also known in the local Chicago rap scene by his stage name, KTS Dre

Sylvester is also known in the local Chicago rap scene by his stage name, KTS Dre

The bloodshed was comparable to the long Fourth of July weekend last year, when 17 people were fatally shot and 70 more were wounded. 

Chicago’s latest crime statistics show the city of 2.7 million people saw 78 murders in June.

That is a 20 percent drop in the 98 murders it witnesses for June 2020. More than 300 people have been murdered in the Windy City this year, although as of July 1, there have been six fewer murders this year than there were for the same period of 2020.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot – who last week claimed that 99 percent of criticism of her is based on her gender or race – has blamed joblessness, poverty and out-of-state gun smuggling for the ongoing violence spiral gripping the city she runs. 

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