Police questioning person in Chicago Lawn, Uptown shootings
Authorities released this surveillance image of a man suspected of fatally shooting a Chicago Lawn grocery store employee early Tuesday. The suspect may be linked to another shooting hours later in Uptown. / photo from Chicago Police
Authorities released a surveillance image of a Ford Crown Victoria driven by a man suspected of fatally shooting a Chicago Lawn grocery store employee early Tuesday. / photo from Chicago Police
Police believe the suspect may be wearing a black T-shirt with a logo similar to the one pictured, that combines logos of various Chicago sports teams. / photo from Chicago Police
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -
Authorities are questioning a person of interest Tuesday night in connection with a slaying at a Chicago Lawn grocery store that may be linked to an Uptown shooting that happened about four hours later.
Police are speaking with a "person of interest" in connection with both incidents Tuesday night, police News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney said.
The fatal shooting happened about 6 a.m. at a grocery in the 2400 block of West 63rd Street, Area Central detectives said in a community alert.
The suspect exchanged words with a cashier about purchasing merchandise, then tried to leave the store with the item, police said.
The employee tried to block his path, but the suspect pulled a handgun and shot the employee, police said. He then drove away in a late-model white Ford Crown Victoria, heading north on Artesian Avenue from 63rd Street.
The man killed suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was later pronounced dead. He was 57 years old, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
His name is not being released Tuesday pending notification of relatives, according to the medical examiner's office.
Authorities think the same man may be responsible for a shooting in the Uptown neighborhood about four hours later.
In that shooting, a man in his 50s was shot in the head in a parking lot in the 1000 block of West Wilson Avenue about 9:45 a.m., Sullivan said. He was taken in serious condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Ald. James Cappleman, 46th, said on Twitter that the Wilson shooting does not appear to be gang-related, and that authorities are reviewing camera footage.
The descriptions of the suspect and the vehicle from both shootings match, according to detectives.
The suspect was described as a black man 22-32 with a dark complexion, low haircut and medium build, according to police. He stands about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10.
He was seen wearing a black T-shirt over a white long-sleeved shirt, and dark pants, police said. The t-shirt has a logo similar to an image combining logos of various Chicago sports teams.
The Ford has damage to its headlight and turn signal on the front passenger side, damage to the passenger door and to the fender near the door, police said. The driver-side taillight is damaged and does not work.
Police considered the man to be armed and dangerous, the alert said.