Death of asthmatic teen who saw shooting ruled a homicide

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago authorities say the death of a teenage girl who suffered an asthma attack after witnessing a fatal shooting at a block party was a homicide.

Police say a dispute over a parking spot on the South Side led to gunfire last July. Two people were killed and two others injured in the shooting.

Authorities say 16-year-old Jessica Williams witnessed the shooting, suffered an asthma attack and collapsed at the scene. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Results of a Cook County medical examiner’s autopsy released Thursday shows she died of bronchial asthma and stress associated with gunshots fired into a crowd. The office determined her death was a homicide.

The block party was in remembrance of Williams’ cousin and was attended by about 100 people.