5-year-old wounded in shooting: Granddaddy ‘was a good man’

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CHICAGO --A vigil was held Tuesday night to honor the four victims of a shooting on the city's Far South Side.

Police continue to investigate the incident that left one man dead and injured three others, including two children.

It happened just after 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of West 105th Street.

Police say 77-year-old Odell Branch Sr. was watching TV with his 5-year-old great grandson, Shamaree Bynum, when bullets flew through the front window and struck him in the head.

Branch later died at the hospital. His great-grandson Shamaree was shot in the arm. Just hours after he was released from the hospital, Shamaree was at a vigil clutching a picture of his great-grandfather.

"He was a good man," Bynum said.

The vigil was organized by Ceasefire and held near the scene of the shooting. Relatives of the victims, Chicago Police officers, and community members joined hands to pray for peace and cooperation.

Nikeva Parker, 34, was also wounded last night. Parker was putting her 2-year-old son, nicknamed “Dunk,” in her van. Police say she saw a gunman open fire. Parker was shot in the chest and left hand, but was released last night to be with her toddler who was shot in the right shoulder.

Branch's wife, Irene, says she was sleeping when the shooting happened. She walked out and found everyone on the floor. Her family didn't know that Odell had been shot until they saw blood on his neck.

She says she's angry because "they took my soul."

Chicago Police told WGN the shooting was gang related, with Odell Branch's great-grandson, a teenager who was in the house at the time but unharmed, the target.

Police are questioning several people in the case. As of Tuesday night, no charges have been filed.



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