The city’s first double homicide of 2013 happened just after 4:00 a.m. Saturday at a diner located in the Bridgeport neighborhood.
Security cameras at Kevin’s Hamburger Heaven, located in the 500 block of West Pershing, caught the brutal slaying on tape.
The surveillance video shows a man wearing a black mask walk up to the victims, who were smoking near the restaurant’s front door, and open fire.
“We were sitting in the restaurant and a person came with a mask on shooting,” one witness said.
Another man who was eating at the diner across the street saw the masked gunman run off.
“I was standing right here when it happened,” Lesley Jones said, “But the guy just shot and ran.”
A third man was shot in the arm and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.
Grieving relatives at the scene identified one of the victims as Allen Smiley. Relatives said he turned 45–years-old Friday.
“We were celebrating his birthday and came here to get something to eat and now he’s gone,” a witness said.
Relatives and friends are now trying to understand how something so senseless could happen, especially at the conclusion of a celebratory night—a night met with violence.
One of the victim’s relatives, Joe Lowery said “They need to do something about this, I don’t know what but something needs to change.”