A 30-year-old man described as "nice" and "quiet" died tonight after being shot in the face in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
The shooting happened at 7:32 p.m. and the man died at the scene on the 5400 block of South Wolcott Avenue,
Michele Peals, who lives across the street, described the block as "quiet" and "nice." Peals said the man was the first person to welcome her when she moved into the neighborhood a year ago. He also gave her advice about her four sons, who are between the ages of 18 and 22.
"He said, 'They should stay to themselves and stay in school. If they do that, they'll have no problem,'" Peals recalled.
"I'm so sad," she said. "He didn't deserve it."
The man, identified as Brandon Johnson by the Cook County medical examiner's office, died at the scene. According to public records, Johnson has been arrested in Cook County more than a dozen times and pleaded guilty in separate burglary and narcotic cases, in 2003 and 2006.
On Wednesday evening, four squad cars remained in the street as police officers and detectives canvassed the area and talked with neighbors. Yellow tape blocked off the small brick home where the man was shot.
The neighborhood is mostly single-family homes and small apartment buildings and Wolcott dead-ends mid-block so there's no access to the north part of the block from Garfield Boulevard to the south.
The man was sleeping when someone called and told him to come to the door, said a 26-year-old woman who said her sister dated the dead man. He was shot in the face when he opened the side door, the woman added. Authorities described the incident the same way.
Johnson's girlfriend's sister and his two children from another relationship were inside when the shooting happened, she said.
"He was friends with everybody. Everybody liked him. That's why no one can understand why this happened," the woman said, as she stood on the sidewalk near the scene. "That boy is a sweetheart. That boy didn't do nothing."
The woman said her sister and the victim dated "for years" and had planned on moving out of the neighborhood soon.
Meanwhile, the woman's sister cried uncontrollably in the back of a police car as a detective interviewed her. She could be seen shaking and pounding her fists, prompting a friend to climb in the back seat and console her.
Four others were wounded across the city, police said.
Two other men were shot on the north side of the city, in the
One of the men self-transported to the hospital and a Chicago Fire Department ambulance took the other, Fire Department Spokeswoman Meg Ahlheim said.
About 10:30 p.m. a 19-year-old man was shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, authorities said. The man was shot in the 1200 block of West 49th Place, Ahlheim said. He was taken to
Early Thursday morning, a 26-year-old woman was shot in the Logan Square neighborhood. Someone in a passing car opened fire about 12:40 a.m. in the 2700 block of North Lawndale Avenue, Greer said. The woman was grazed in the neck, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. She was taken to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center.