Alderman witnesses man’s murder on North Side

A man’s murder on the North Side this weekend was witnessed by the area’s alderman.

28-year-old Wil Lewis was shot in the 1300 block of West Devon Avenue Saturday afternoon. Lewis was standing near this bus stop when police say someone walked up to him and started firing.

Ald. Joe Moore, 49th Ward, was standing in front of a store and talking to the owner when he heard the shots fired. Moore looked down the block and saw a man on the ground and the gunman who took off on foot.

“Having never been witnessing a gun being fired during the commission of a crime, I’ll tell you one thing, I didn’t notice too much more than just the gun itself,” Moore said. “But I did notice it was being fired who appeared very young. Probably younger than my 17-year-old son.”

Moore says after Lewis went down, the shooter kept firing into another group young people before running down the street. Lewis was the only one hit.

According to Lewis’s family he and his wife had just moved to Chicago a year ago from Wisconsin, and into the Rogers Park neighborhood two weeks ago.  He was set to start a new photography job within days.

Lewis was just one of more than a dozen people shot over the weekend.

Moore says he has been talking with police and they’ve told him that they are questioning some people but so far no arrests.

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