A 31-year-old Cicero man was shot to death early Sunday morning on the West Side, officials said.
The man was shot in the head at about 7:30 a.m. this morning and was pronounced dead on the scene in the 100 block of South Cicero Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.
Ricardo Rivera of the 4900 block of West 23rd Place in the near west suburb was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
His body was found in a parking lot next to a building with a sign that says Rothschild Liquors, according to a person at the scene.
Rivera had gone out drinking with friends between Saturday evening and early Sunday when he returned home, according to his father Juan Rivera who lived with him. But after returning home, a friend picked him up and they left the residence again.
"Somehow he went back out," said his father. "I don't understand him being at the liquor store at that time."
Rivera said a suspect may be in custody. Chicago Police news affairs officials would not confirm whether anyone was being questioned.
Rivera had recently graduated from East-West University with a bachelor's degree in criminology. He was hoping to pursue a career in law enforcement, but he was having trouble finding a job, his father said.
"Ricardo was a good-hearted man," his father said. "It's devastating."
"I don't understand why someone would shoot someone," he added.