CHICAGO (WLS) — Thirty people were shot, three fatally, in weekend gun violence across Chicago, police said.
A deadly shooting happened right outside of an 86-year-old victim’s South Side home on Saturday morning.
Loved ones said Charles Hobson Sr. was simply headed to get something out of his truck when he was shot and his truck was stolen. Moments later, while police were still on scene, they said, the culprits came back.
“It’s just heartbreaking that he’s no longer here for stupidity,” said Kimberly Buford, Charles’ longtime neighbor.
It took a single noise to pierce through the fabric of the tight-knit block.
“I heard one shot,” said Tamika Wright, another longtime neighbor. “We love each other. We look out for each other, and this could happen to any one of us right outside of our door, and we have no idea what’s coming for us.”
Neither did Charles, who was described as the patriarch of South Throop Street near West 81st Street in Auburn Gresham. That is, until, police said, he was shot in his thigh just before 10 a.m., right outside his home of 60 years.
“He went to get something out the car, and never made it back in the house,” Kimberly said. “It was nothing none of us could’ve done.”
After shooting him, neighbors said, the culprits stole his truck. As the 86-year-old was being taken away on a stretcher, headed to Christ Hospital, where he later died, witnesses said Charles’ stolen truck was then spotted in the back alley of his home while police were still on the scene.
“Trying to get back into his house, because, I guess, they wanted to know what else they could gain from this robbery,” Tamika said.
Then, neighbors said, they saw police take three young people into custody.
“They took off running, and they caught one at the block. They caught another,” said Destiny Buford.
ABC7 was on the scene as officers canvassed the area for any evidence to piece together in this tragedy that took away a community’s leader and left them scared on the very block they’ve lived on for years.
“Now, it’s like, who can I go to now?” Destiny said. “Like, he didn’t deserve this. No justice could bring him back. I can’t just be out here by myself, and it’s like, in the morning? Like, for what? Like, he didn’t deserve this. No justice could bring him back.”
Chicago police would not confirm whether someone or a group was taken into custody as they say the circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation.
Another man was shot and killed early Sunday in Auburn Gresham on the South Side.
The 40-year-old was on the street about 12:40 a.m. in the 9000-block of South Emerald Avenue when another person walked up to him and fired shots, Chicago police said.
The man was shot in the chest and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
No one was in custody.
Hours later, police said another man was shot to death in Englewood.
Around 10:35 a.m., the man, 24, was in a parked vehicle in the 5500-block of South Union Avenue when two suspects in in a gray vehicle approached and opened fire, striking the man multiple times throughout his body, Chicago police said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
No one was in custody.
Last weekend, police said at least 18 people were shot across the city.
The Sun-Times Media contributed to this report.
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