Man shot in head over double-parked car

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A 30-year-old man was shot in the head Sunday morning after a confrontation over a car that was double parked and partially blocking access to the street, police said.

The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 7100 block of South Maplewood Avenue in the Marquette Park neighborhood, police said.

Police said the 30-year-old man was shot in the head after the argument, ran west and fell in an alley where an ambulance picked him up and took him to Advocate Christ Medical Center – “walking, talking, breathing, living,” according to police.

The confrontation started when, according to a witness, a car with two men inside tried to slide past the parked car on Maplewood Avenue.

The car was partially blocking the street, the man said, but left enough room for the car to get by.

A woman in the car exchanged words with the driver but the man shot told them “go ahead on now, we’re cool, we not on that.”

The driver stopped the car at the corner of 72nd and Maplewood – about 50 yards south – and one of the two men walked out, lifted a handgun and said “talk that (expletive) now” before firing a single shot.

The man shot and his friend, who witnessed the shooting, are both from Dekalb and are in town to celebrate the 29th birthday of the witness. The man who was shot has family on the block, the witness said.

In the Belmont Central neighborhood on the Northwest Side, in the 2800 block of North Melvina, a 35-year-old man was shot in the leg about 1:35 a.m. It’s not clear what hospital he was taken to.

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By Peter Nickeas

Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

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  • Fed up

    Really? Is this how little a life is worth in Chicago? Start helping the cops catch these animals! Stand up for yourselves.

  • Joymar

    Black or white. Purple or green. Let's forget color. Let's stop blaming the "other guy.'" Life should be beautiful, but we are destroying any hope of it being so. It hurts me to see a mother crying because her child was killed. Can't we learn to live together and amongst ourselves. Where do we start? Forgiveness. Kindness. Let's clean up our neighborhoods to create pride and increase values. Parents teach your children the right thing to do and what not to do. Gangs need to make a lasting truce. Gangs can do more good for their communities if they got together to improve the neighborhood and make the area safe. We don't need Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. We can do it ourselves.

    • Alan

      You're right about not needing Jackson or Sharpton. The seem to only get involved if it's a national thing that get's them in the news. They have always been about themselves. It's really pathetic that Black folks hate each other that much that they see killing each other off as the only solution. They are no better the than slave owners, that saw their slaves as mere commodities. If they didn't like them or the slave said something they didn't like they killed them. That's exactly what Black folks are doing today…in 2013. What progress has been made by Blacks? I see why those that are successful leave those retched neighborhoods for a better environment for themselves and their children.

  • sparks

    This report is loaded with poor grammar. What does the last paragraph about the Belmont Central neighborhood have to the story? Must have been written by a CPS graduate.

  • rich

    I’m willing to bet that there was a parking spot close enough, so that they didn’t have to be double parked. What’s sad I’m willing bet one of the four has kids, if not all of them and we wonder why they want to close our schools, look who the kids parents are. We have a sense of entitlement but no dam common sense

    • Ben

      Agree, parents are lousy role models here. They grow their kids to brats and prima donnas. See them all the time, double parked in many streets when there are vacant slots available.They just don't care and they'll do all the stupid things that satisfy their egos. I don't feel any compassion for the guy getting shot because he's disrespectful towards the rights of others.

    • Ben

      No, getting shot for doing stupid stuff like parking on alleys, not picking up dog poop, littering on someone else's front yard, and not using turm signals. You'll be surprised with the lots of crazy and stupid stuff people do here.

  • Alan

    Nothing new in that area of the city…Blacks enjoy killing each other, they do it daily. The question I have is it cultural, a gene or something that makes them kill one another and brag about it as being superior?

  • Vendetta

    I am sick of ppl double parking on the side next to parking spots. Im sure the guy that was shot, said something smart to the passing car, as they tried to get by. Sometimes, its not worth trying to be tough.

  • Outraged

    This Happens on the block that I live on Everyday, its been times that they will double park and let cars just Pile up behind them. This is example of being Fed up with Peoples disrespect. I'm sure that its was a park, Why not use it,that's what it was made for? If You say something about them being wrong,they then turn and Disrespect, Why would the Shooter say….Now say that shit Again Bitch????????? They were already passsed, them…Somebody must of still been Talking Crap for them to stop at the Corner and turn around and Shoot!! I know the feeling of being fed up of RUDENESS, this A examples of it!!

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