As neighbors watched from their porches in the rain, a police sergeant lifted yellow crime tape to let through a 5-year-old girl, a survivor of a shooting in the West Englewood neighborhood overnight.
Daviyuna was in a car with her mother and father when a gunman opened fire in the 6300 block of South Honore around 9:20 p.m. Thursday. After hitting two people on a porch, the gunman turned toward the car and fired again but struck no one this time.
"He walked up, he had a red hoodie on, and got to shooting at the porch. He shot at the porch and he turned around and shot at my car," Hill said, crying as she sat inside a police car.
"I'm just holding my baby, we were on our way home" she said. "She's fine, my mom came and got her."
One of the wounded men was Brian Cross, 34, the brother of Hill's boyfriend. "He was sitting on the porch smoking a cigarette," Hill said. "They don't let people smoke in the house. Then some dude came up the gangway and got to shooting."
Paramedics worked on Cross as police arrived but he died before he could make it to Stroger Hospital, police said. He was pronounced dead at 10:02 p.m.
The other man shot, also 34, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and was expected to survive.
A woman watching from inside a brick two-flat across the street shifted a baby on her hip, her figure silhouetted by the blue light of a front room television.
Neighbors complained of a vacant lot across the street that has given troublemakers an easy means of travel through the block. Police said the neighborhood is normally quiet, thought a gang controls territory to the west.
The only shooting on the block in the past 15 months was in August, when a police officer shot and killed a man who he saw firing at two other people in a vacant lot at the corner of 63rd and Honore streets. Three other people were wounded in a pair of summer shootings north of 63rd Street.
Residents said their efforts to stop people from creeping through gangways has generally kept the block quiet.
A woman on the block said a vacant home across the street was torn down this summer, over objections of neighbors who told the alderman that the fence served as a barrier to foot traffic. Cars now use the lot to park, she said.
The two- and three-flats that line the block, brick and frame homes, are nearly all fenced in. The woman shook her wrought-iron gate for emphasis when explaining how residents piled debris in gangways and kept their yards locked.
"It was a chain link fence (around the vacant home),” she said. "When the big tree limbs fell, we stacked those so. . .even if the fence was broken, they couldn't get through. Nobody wanted to come over here with that. It wasn't a free block.
"We tried to stick together, to keep control of the lot," she said. "We kind of lost control."
The two victims were among at least six people shot overnight in Chicago.
An earlier shooting in the South Shore neighborhood left a 39-year-old man dead and 49-year-old man wounded.
A 31-year-old man was shot in the 4800 block of South Prairie Avenue about 1:35 a.m. Friday and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with shoulder and hip wounds, and a 34-year-old man was shot at the intersection of Roosevelt Road and Jefferson Street about 7:30 p.m. and drove himself to Stroger Hospital.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times