59-year-old man shot to death in Marquette Park

CHICAGO -- Chicago police have no suspects in custody in the killing of a 59-year-old man who was shot to death early today in the Marquette Park neighborhood.

Neighbors identify the victim as Michael Anderson, a longtime resident of the neighborhood who lived alone.

Police say he was shot in the head just after 4 a.m. outside his house in the 6600 block of South Washtenaw Avenue.

He was rushed to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Anderson was apparently heading for his station wagon, but he never made it past the sidewalk.

It is not known yet whether this is a case of robbery or if he was targeted for some other reason.

Residents knew him to be an artistic painter who sometimes shared his talent with others.

A neighbor who did not want to appear on camera said he saw three men on the block just before the shooting, and he heard at least three gunshots.

Detectives have been questioning nearby residents for any pertinent information.

Residents say gang activity is prevalent in this area but it is unusual along this particular block.