3 shot, 2 dead in South Side diner shooting

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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 45years-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.”

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    • Baldy

      ignorant comment. if bad guys followed the law there wouldn't be a problem. but since they don't the hamburger shop security should have blasted him up to.

    • Kid Pizazz

      I highly doubt it; Chicago has an inexhaustible supply of greasy, ghetto apes! Shoot one and two more takes his place! What we need is a bigger morgue, to accommodate the cold, dead chimps as they place them on a slab with a toe tag on their frozen toes.

  • Ryan D

    Well i hope Chicago recognizes this as a need for stricter gum control. Sooner or later these criminals will understand that this type of act is illegal and then hopefully turn their guns in. Its a good thing that no citizens were armed, otherwise the poor misguided shooter may have been stopped! Lets chalk this up to more blood on papa Rahm's greasy hands.

  • me sad

    Well from the comments here im beginning to equate gun advocates with racists. If we had controlled guns from the beginning we wouldn't be in this mess. Europe does it and they are safer and more free than usa.

  • Rick

    the people should alwaysd have a right to defend themselves, true more may have died but this man would be sentenced to death if found guilty so why not save the tax dollars on a trial and gun gontrol, criminals dont follow the gun laws , thus strickter gun control would only infringe on our right to defend one another.

  • Your So Dumb

    So true! Look and see how many stories there are about criminals that were stopped thanks to vigilant citizens that were carrying guns. LOL! I bet you'll find hundreds…. ; )

    • vanderfk

      There are recent reports of people in the news lately that have stopped armed criminals, in their homes, with their own firearms. That is not the point. Most criminals aren't as stupid as we'd like to believe. Why invade an armed residence or business when there are unarmed areas to rob? I'm sure the criminals would want to increases their own odds of survival, too. Go ahead and ban all the guns that you see fit . Then you can tell us how to disarm the criminals. If you could disarm them they wouldn't be called criminals, they'd be called "law abiding citizens." BYTW your should be "you're".

      • You're So Dumb

        Thanks for the correction. I will now include the apostrophe to make a proper conjunction. By the way, "BYTW" should be "BTW". After reading your comment, I agree with you now. I say we should be able to have more arms and ammo. I think we should be allowed to have tanks and missiles to combat criminals that will not follow laws. I mean, if a criminal is likely to have an automatic weapon with more than ten rounds per clip then I want heavier weaponry. Landmines, bombs and grenades just to name a few. Yes, the world will be much safer then. Think about it!

  • armedcitizen

    Chicago, the model that broncobama wants for America. Poverty, Crime, Violence. I say we build a wall around the city, and let them kill each other.

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  • Bill Otten

    I cannot believe that there is anyone in this country, that actually thinks that ANY amount of gun control will stop something like this? Why? Because we cannot continuously monitor 24/7, the actions of every single person who lives in this country, that's why! If someone in this country is determined to shoot-up a place, whether a school, a business, or the government itself-they ARE going to do it! No one can name me one country that has the most militaristic, martial law, that has successfully stopped all internal attacks by someone who is determined to cause trouble. NOT ONE! This is FACT, people! The best that we can do is "TRY" to stop things like this from happening, & be prepared to deal with the consequences of what happens when we can't. (And, NO, I am NOT a gun supporter! I think that what happened is despicable-but it happened-whether we like it or not!)

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