A man who was shot and killed in the city’s Old Town neighborhood becomes the 15th homicide in Chicago in 2013.
Tyshawn Blanton grew up in Old Town – back when the Cabrini Green high-rises were still standing.
He no longer lived in the neighborhood, but would often come back to see his mother, who does.
Tuesday night he stopped a convenience store in the 1300 block of North Sedgwick to buy some milk and diapers for his 2-month-old child.
That’s when neighbors say about ten gunshots rang out.
Tyshawn’s mother, Brenda Blanton Calhoun, said, “it just don’t make no sense how these people is just killing innocent life… doesn’t make no sense.”
Calhoun struggles to understand why somone shot her youngest son. The baby-faced looking 31-year-old was the father of eight — four children and four step-children. He was also about to be married.
Tyshawn was on his way into the convenience store at the corner of Sedgwick and Evergreen around 6 o’clock Tuesday night when someone started shooting.
Tyshawn was hit several times and later died at the hospital.
Another man, a 20-year- old, was shot in the back and taken to the hospital in serious-to-critical condition.
Police say the shooting is gang related, but Tyshawn’s family says he is not and has never been in a gang.
They say they’ve been told, gang members have been looking for someone who lives in the area to retaliate for a shooting that happened around Christmas on the Dan Ryan Expressway.
The family hopes the many surviellence cameras in this area were able to get a look at who shot Tyshawn.