Evanston Cab Driver Dies After Shooting

EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) — An Evanston cab driver who was found shot last weekend has died.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports, Leodis Blackburn, 50, had been on life-support at St. Francis Hospital since was found slumped over the wheel of his cab at about 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports

Police found his cab parked in the 500 block of Elmwood Avenue, in the southern part of Evanston.

Blackburn, of the 5900 block of West Iowa Street on Chicago’s West Side, had been shot in the head.

Circumstances surrounding the shooting were not known, but Evanston police Commander Jay Parrott said “it doesn’t appear that he was robbed.”

Neighbors on the block told police they heard a loud noise. It is unknown if that was the gunshot, or the cab hitting a parked car.

Blackburn had been driving a cab for nearly 10 years. He usually worked the night shift.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • OldSoldier59

    Black Homie problem? What does that mean? I just read a story on this same site about a Latino drug trafficker who is charged with 4 murders and is suspected in 6 others. But I don’t see any disgusted or racially disparaging comments by you about that.

  • Jermain

    Evanston, as well as the city of Chicago really needs to start working on the black homie problem. It will only get worse. Eventually it will explode into the riots that LA saw with it’s own black homie problems. This should be top priority in all police departments with this problem.

  • marisol

    this is some crazy stuff i cant bealive hw a person can shot an innocent person and leave with it evanston police needs to get on time of there game and solve this and dont let it be another unsolve murder

  • John

    We all know what the “black home problem” is. stop asking silly, rhetorical questions in response to a factual comment.

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