By DANIEL BROWN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
In the first reported homicide of 2016, DeAndre Holiday was shot to death early New Year’s Day in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood on the South Side.
Holiday, 24, got into a fight with someone in the 4600 block of South St. Lawrence and that person pulled out a gun and fired shots at 2:20 a.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The shooter then ran away.
Holiday, of the 5100 block of South Indiana, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police and the medical examiner’s office.
A second person, a 38-year-old man, was also struck by the gunfire and later showed up at Provident Hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand, police said. He was listed in good condition.
The crime scene on South Saint Lawrence Avenue stretched from East 46th Place to East 45th Street. A tan Lexus was parked on the east side of South Saint Lawrence Avenue with the driver side door open. Holiday’s body was lying in the street under the open door, next to shell casings.
Friends and family began arriving on the scene about 3:30 a.m.
“Who shot him?” a woman screamed and cried in the street as blue police lights bounced off brick homes. “F— everybody in that f—ing house! Period! That’s my baby’s daddy!”
More family showed up about 10 minutes later. “That’s my baby!” an older woman wailed as she approached the tape. “They shot my baby!” A police officer took her by the hand and walked her back to her car.
A man who identified himself as the man’s cousin showed up minutes later with more distraught friends and family.
“He was a family man,” the cousin, who preferred to remain anonymous, said. “He wasn’t on any of this. He was supposed to be in the house with his grandma. He didn’t deserve any of this.”