Friday, April 20, 2012

Tribune: Officers witness slaying, chase down gunman

Scene on the 700 block E. 87th Street from WGN-TV
 Oh this is plain unbelievable!
Gresham District officers were on patrol when they heard gunshots in the 700 block of East 87th Place just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and went to investigate, police said.

As the officers arrived, they saw a man fire three shots into the head of a man on the ground, authorities said.

The officers chased down the 30-year-old suspect and took him into custody, according to authorities. The suspect, who lives across the street from the victim, has a street gang affiliation but police didn't offer a motive.

The victim, identified as James Reddick, 58, of the 87th Place address, was dead at the scene, police said.

Reddick's girlfriend, Brenda Acklin, called him a "typical working man" who did rehab work such as brick-laying and roofing on homes.

"James did work all over Chicago," she said. "He'd knock them (houses) down and build them up."

Acklin was playing solitaire on the second floor of the warehouse Wednesday night when she heard about five or six gunshots, she said. She immediately looked out outside and saw a Chicago police car speeding west through an alley across the street, its siren blaring.
You should read the whole article there was more to be said about the victim than what's provided in the excerpt above!

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