By DANIEL BROWN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
Brian Fields was nearly killed in March when he was shot while posting a video on Facebook Live. On Friday he wasn’t so lucky, as he and Chiquita Ford were killed when someone opened fire on the car they were sitting in at a Back of the Yards gas station.
Fields, 30, was inside the vehicle about 10:20 p.m. at a station in the 1900 block of West Garfield when a gunman walked up and shot him in the chest, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Ford, also 30, was in the vehicle with him, and was shot in the side. They were both pronounced dead at the scene at 11:02 p.m. No one was in custody, and police continue to investigate.
A police source confirmed Fields was also shot earlier this year, on March 31 in West Englewood.
At that time, Fields was using Facebook Live, which sends out a live video stream, while standing on the corner of 56th and Hoyne, the Chicago Sun-Times reported at the time.
Shots suddenly rang out, and the video feed started to wobble and then dropped to the ground, pointing up at the blue sky. The shooter — wearing a red, white and black jacket— then appeared above, holding a pistol with both hands, firing more shots.
Fields, of the 7200 block of South Wolcott, was shot multiple times and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.
Residents in the neighborhood said Fields had moved away from Chicago and had only been back in the city for a few days, perhaps hours, before getting shot in March, the Sun-Times reported at the time.
Friends said Ford, who lived in the 1000 block Hull Avenue in west suburban Westchester, was also planning to leave the city and move with her two young children to Philadelphia to get away from escalating violence here.
Court records show Fields pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2005, and was sentenced to time served after spending nearly four years in the Cook County Jail awaiting trial.