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Attempted robbery attempt turns into deadly shooting – NBC Chicago

A gunshot was heard on surveillance footage early Friday morning as an armed gunman fatally shot a Chicago father during an attempted robbery in the city’s Dunning neighborhood.

The 24-year-old father of two was walking to the bus stop near Irving Park Road and Pittsburgh Avenue around 7 a.m. when he was confronted by a gunman who demanded cash. Like most other days, the Chicago resident, who had yet to be identified late Friday, planned to take the bus to work.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she heard a shot and ran to help.

“I heard someone screaming. I looked out the window,” she said. “I could see him from my window, so I ran over.”

The neighbor said she saw the man lying in the street after being shot in the chest. She quickly took action and used her hooded sweatshirt as a tourniquet.

“He talked to me for a while and then said it was getting hard to breathe,” the witness said.

The victim, who lived a block away, was rushed to Loyola University Medical Center, where he died.

He was known in the neighborhood as a family man, he had a baby and had another baby on the way.

“I was there and I’m sorry he didn’t make it, and I wish he had so he could watch his kids grow older,” the neighbor said.

On Friday evening, Chicago police followed up on multiple leads, including surveillance videos posted online. The footage showed the robbery, with the gunman demanding cash.

“Not only did he shoot him, but he kept robbing him after he shot him, so I saw that in the video,” the neighbor said.

Ald. Nick Sposato, whose ward is 38th, says robberies have gotten worse on the city’s north side.

“Just a brutal thing, brutal video,” the councilor said. “A kid goes to work to provide for his family and some son of a bitch shoots him.”

Police canvassed the area in hopes of obtaining additional video footage to get a detailed description of the shooter.

As of Friday evening, detectives were still searching for the shooter.

“It could have happened to any of us. They looked for someone and found someone,” said one resident.