Man shot dead in southwest side car hijacking after changing tires for mom and kids – CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) – A mother found herself stranded on the side of the road on the southwest side of town with her three children – and when help arrived, someone opened fire and shot the man who had come to their aid.
As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported, the gunman shot and stole the car of the man who had come to help – leaving the mother and children terrified of what they had witnessed.
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It is not known if the children outside their mother’s Chevrolet near 64th Street and Cicero Avenue in the West Lawn neighborhood near Midway International Airport were aware of the apparent danger around them. .
“They must be traumatized,” said neighbor Denise Collins. “They are little children.”
The children approached the shots.
Their mother caught a flat tire in her black Chevrolet. She said she called someone to help her change the tire.
Just before 6:30 p.m., after the 28-year-old man finished changing the tire, another man climbed up and tried to take the keys to his own car from the victim.
They clashed physically and the assailant pulled out a handgun, but the victim knocked the gun out of the assailant’s hand, police said.
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The assailant picked up the gun and shot the victim in the head, police said. The assailant then drove off in the victim’s dark blue Nissan Altima.
It all happened right in front of the children.
“He parked here, had a ski mask on and ran over him while he put the tire in the trunk,” Collins said of the assailant.
Neighbors said that after hearing the gunshots, they came out to see the injured man, the woman trying to help and the three children watching.
“It’s a sad and scary world,” Collins said. “I have three sons, I want them to stay in my backyard constantly.”
While Chicago Police investigated, attention focused on the man who was injured and what, if anything, the children saw in another carjacking in the city.
Neighbors brought the children snacks and drinks in an attempt to distract them from all the commotion going on around them.
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Police said the suspect is around six feet tall and was wearing dark clothing and a ski mask.