Man describes helping gunshot victim as onlookers laughed, took photos

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CHICAGO — A man said his seemingly regular day turned into a shocking experience when he wound up in the middle of a crime scene and tried to help a shooting victim as onlookers laughed and tried to take photos.

Jim Collins stopped Tuesday into the McDonalds at 78th Street and Western Avenue, where he usually stops three days a week before his job as an electrician. As he was saying goodbye to some of the regulars, he heard the the sound of gunfire.

“I heard pop, pop, pop, pop,” he said. “You could definitely tell it wasn’t a car backfiring.”

Collins said he saw some people in the parking lot scatter. Others had gathered around a young African-American man, later identified as 28-year-old Fred Jackson, who was face down in a puddle.

Collins went to help the man.

“I could hear him moaning. I got down on the ground and no one was doing anything,” he said. “So I dragged him out of the puddle. As soon as I pulled the jacket up [there were] spurts of blood popping up. So I put my palm over it. At the same time, I glanced this way and I saw a kid taking a picture. Someone else was laughing.”

Collins said none of the others tried to help and instead were talking about revenge. As he continued to try to stop the bleeding, Collins said they began to get angry at him.

“The kids started crowding me and they were upset they couldn’t take a picture,” he said.

Police arrived soon after followed by paramedics.

“They got the guys away from me,” Collins said. “They were like, ‘He’s trying to save your friend. Leave him alone.’”

Jackson was rushed to Advocate Christ Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

No one is in custody.


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