Police respondiong to call of shots fired find Tony Haywood shot to death in Grand Crossing

Tony Haywood was shot to death Monday night in the South Side Grand Crossing neighborhood.

Police responded about 9:40 p.m. to a call of shots fired in the 7900 block of South Chicago and found the 25-year-old lying unresponsive in a vacant lot, Chicago Police said.

Haywood had suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his body and was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:55 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A vehicle was seen driving away from the scene, but the circumstances of the killing remain unknown, police said. Area South detectives are investigating.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

56-year-old Marcelle Rey shot to death when gunman jumps out of car in East Chatham

Marcelle P. Rey was killed early Tuesday when someone got out of a car and shot him in the chest in the East Chatham neighborhood on the South Side.

At 1:26 a.m., a male suspect got out of a red Chevrolet Camaro in the 8400 block of South Maryland, where the 56-year-old Rey was walking, and opened fire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Rey, who lived in the Northwest Side Logan Square neighborhood, was struck in the chest, authorities said.

He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 2:24 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

Mayor of 95th Street’ Willie Cooper gunned down with assault rifle near his non-profit in Princeton Park

Community activist William Everett Cooper II was shot to death Saturday afternoon in the Far South Side Princeton Park neighborhood.

William 'Willie' Cooper | Facebook

William ‘Willie’ Cooper | Facebook


Cooper, known to friends as “Willie,” was outside about 4:15 p.m. in the 100 block of West 95th Street near “Lilydale Outreach Workers for a Better Community,” a nonprofit organization he ran, authorities said.

A car approached and someone inside called to Cooper, then opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle, authorities said.

Cooper, who lived in the Fernwood neighborhood, was shot in the mouth and torso, and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Known as the Mayor of 95th Street, Cooper founded Lilydale to help teens find jobs and help ex-offenders return to society. He also worked with the Cure Violence group.
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Man fatally shot in Lawndale identified as 31-year-old Michael Ferguson of Austin

A man killed in a shooting early Sunday that also left another man wounded in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side has been identified as Michael Ferguson.

A male suspect approached and shot both men at 1:06 a.m. while they were standing on the sidewalk in the 3900 block of West Arthington, according to Chicago Police.

They were both taken to Stroger Hospital.

Ferguson, 31, was shot in the neck, and died at the hospital at 1:45 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

The other man, 32, was shot in the right leg, police said. His condition had stabilized at Stroger.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Rashaad Crawford shot to death with sitting in vehicle in South Shore

Rashaad H. Crawford was killed in a shooting Sunday morning in the South Shore neighborhood.

Two male suspects approached and shot the 23-year-old while he was sitting in a parked vehicle at 3:17 a.m. in the 2100 block of East 71st Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Crawford was shot in the chest and left arm, and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where died at 4:02 a.m., authorities said.

He lived in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side.

Visitation will be Friday, July 21, from 4-8 p.m. at Heavenly Angels Funeral Home, 1811 W. 103rd St.; and funeral services will be Saturday, at 11 a.m. at Greater 1st Baptist CHurch at 751 N. Parkside. Interment will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Man found shot to death in West Garfield Park identified as 20-year-old Christopher Johnson Jr.

A man who was shot to death early Saturday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood has been identified as 20-year-old Christopher James Edward Johnson Jr.

Johnson was found by officers responding to a call of a person shot about 4:15 a.m. in the 4400 block of West Monroe, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:27 a.m., authorities said. An autopsy found he died of multiple gunshot wounds, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Johnson lived on the same block where he was shot.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Maurice Hunter killed, two other men wounded in shooting near old Stateway Gardens housing complex

Maurice Hunter was killed and two other men were wounded in a shooting Friday evening near the former site of the Stateway Gardens public housing buildings in Bronzeville.

The shooting happened about 6:05 p.m. in the first block of West Pershing, according to Chicago Police. All three men were struck by gunfire, and were taken to Stroger Hospital.

Hunter, 21, was shot in the abdomen and shoulder, and was pronounced dead at 9:24 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the Chatham neighborhood.

A 19-year-old man’s condition was stabilized after he was shot in the head and hand; and a 22-year-old man was in serious condition with a gunshot wound to his back, police said.

The exact circumstances of the shooting were unknown.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Mother still in ‘total shock’ after 10-year-old Gustavo Garcia shot to death while riding in SUV in East Side

Gustavo Garcia | family photo

Gustavo Garcia | family photo

By NADER ISSA, MATTHEW HENDRICKON, JON SEIDEL and SHIA KAPOS
Chicago Sun-Times

A mother’s eyes are swollen shut from crying after the fatal shooting of 10-year-old Gustavo Garcia in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side, a community activist said.

Gustavo was in the backseat of an SUV, with his 31-year-old stepfather and an adult friend at 11:13 p.m. Friday, traveling west in the 3500 block of East 97th Street, Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

They were going to pick up a friend when a gray Chevrolet Impala pulled up next to them and someone inside opened fire, police said.

The boy was shot in the back and was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he died, authorities said. He lived in the South Chicago neighborhood.
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Marine vet Robert Sharpe killed during robbery attempt as he walked to dialysis treatment in West Garfield Park

Robert Sharpe, a 60-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was killed during an attempted robbery early Saturday as he walked to his kidney dialysis treatment in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

Sharpe was walking on the sidewalk near at 4:55 a.m. in the 400 block of North Kedzie to go to dialysis treatment for diabetes, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An armed male suspect confronted him and demanded his money, according to police.

But Sharpe refused to give up his wallet, and a struggle ensued. The suspect then shot him in the left shoulder before running away east on Franklin, authorities said.

Sharpe, who lived very near where he was shot, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:43 a.m., authorities said.

Sharpe was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, who was honorably discharged in 1990.

The suspect, who got away with about $8 and credit cards, was described as a black male between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot with a medium complexion, police said. He was wearing a white half mask with red on it, and was armed with a chrome-plated revolver.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8261.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Michael Whitford killed in drive-by shooting while returning home from work in East Side

Michael Whitford was killed in a drive-by shooting late Friday as he returned home from work in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side. A second man was wounded in the incident.

A family member wrote on Facebook that Whitford, 49, “had just arrived home from work and was exiting his vehicle when he and his friend were confronted by multiple gunmen.”

As Whitford and the 54-year-old man got out of their vehicle at 10:43 p.m. in the 10600 block of South Green Bay Avenue, someone fired shots from a white SUV, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was an innocent bystander in a drive by altercation,” his nephew wrote on Facebook.

Whitford was shot in the back and died at 11:35 p.m. at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the medical examiner’s office and police. He lived on the same block as the shooting.

His friend was shot in the face, and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said. His condition had stabilized.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with expenses.

The author said of Whitford: “Mike was a loving Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, and Friend.”

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire